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Webb J, Waters S, Antoniadis AP, Carr-White G. Timely diagnosis of heart failure can improve prognosis. Practitioner 2017;261(1806):23-27

Timely diagnosis of heart failure can improve prognosis

28 Jul 2017Pais-up subscribers

Heart failure is a common, complex clinical syndrome resulting from the impaired ability of the heart to cope with the metabolic needs of the body, leading to breathlessness, fatigue and fluid retention. It is a progressive disease characterised by high levels of morbidity and mortality. The use of plasma concentrations of natriuretic peptides is recommended for ruling out heart failure, as patients with normal natriuretic peptides are unlikely to have heart failure. An echocardiogram is indicated if the natriuretic peptides are elevated, or natriuretic peptide testing is not available.

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