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New Approaches to the Treatment of Heart Failure

  • Michael M. Givertz
  • Wilson S. Colucci

Abstract

The major goals in the therapy for chronic heart failure include the amelioration of symptoms and the reduction of morbidity and mortality. There is overwhelming evidence that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and β-blockers achieve both of these goals and therefore are first-line therapy. For patients who remain symptomatic, the clinical utility of digitalis and spironolactone has also been established. Despite the appropriate use of standard therapy, many patients will experience progressive symptoms and reduced survival. Fortunately, an unprecedented number of promising new therapeutic approaches to heart failure have been developed over the past few years.

Keywords

Heart Failure Obstructive Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Chronic Heart Failure Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy 
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  • Michael M. Givertz
  • Wilson S. Colucci

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