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Heart failure in the older patient


Heart failure (HF) is predominantly a disease of the elderly. The mainstay of treatment is pharmacological, although the scope of device therapy has widened in recent years. Standard heart failure therapy has been shown to improve prognosis and symptoms in the elderly, although under-treatment of this group remains a challenge. However, HF remains a disease with a poor prognosis, and end of life care planning should be considered early in the patient pathway. Key to management is a multidisciplinary approach, with both specialist and generalist input that coordinates care across primary and secondary settings.

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  • Authors: H Amer & A Rather
  • Keywords: Heart failure, congestive cardiac failure, systolic heart failure, diastolic heart failure, elderly, older people
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