HEART FAILURE: A CLINICIAN’S GUIDE TO AMBULATORY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

December 31, 2006

In recent years, the number of patients with chronic heartfailure has been steadily increasing; this trend reflects thegrowing population of myocardial infarction survivors andpersons over age 65. Many of these patients are evaluated,treated, and followed up in an outpatient setting. This textprovides an in-depth, hands-on approach to the office-baseddiagnosis and management of heart failure. Chapters aredevoted to history taking; economic burden of heart failure;evaluation of dyspnea, edema, palpitations, and ventricularfunction; coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure(CHF); hemodynamic evaluation; exercise performanceevaluation; patient education; drug therapy for symptomaticCHF; assessment and treatment of arrhythmias; biventricularpacing; established, alternative, and emerging therapies;and diastolic heart failure. Echocardiograms, ECG strips,venograms, patient questionnaires, algorithms, diagrams,charts, and tables appear throughout the text.

In recent years, the number of patients with chronic heartfailure has been steadily increasing; this trend reflects thegrowing population of myocardial infarction survivors andpersons over age 65. Many of these patients are evaluated,treated, and followed up in an outpatient setting. This textprovides an in-depth, hands-on approach to the office-baseddiagnosis and management of heart failure. Chapters aredevoted to history taking; economic burden of heart failure;evaluation of dyspnea, edema, palpitations, and ventricularfunction; coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure(CHF); hemodynamic evaluation; exercise performanceevaluation; patient education; drug therapy for symptomaticCHF; assessment and treatment of arrhythmias; biventricularpacing; established, alternative, and emerging therapies;and diastolic heart failure. Echocardiograms, ECG strips,venograms, patient questionnaires, algorithms, diagrams,charts, and tables appear throughout the text.