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By Russell C. Davis

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The table showing the economic costs of heart failure is published with permission from McMurray et al (Eur Heart J 1993;14(suppl):133). R C Davis is clinical research fellow and F D R Hobbs is professor in the department of primary care and general practice, University of Birmingham. The ABC of heart failure is edited by C R Gibbs, M K Davies, and G Y H Lip. CRG is research fellow and GYHL is consultant cardiologist and reader in medicine in the university department of medicine and the department of cardiology, City Hospital, Birmingham; MKD is consultant cardiologist in the department of cardiology, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

Yes No, inconclusive, or not known Heart failure unlikely No Remaining unexplained indication of heart failure? Yes Refer for further investigation Diagnostic algorithm for suspected heart failure in primary care. com on 1 October 2006 hospital admission, which may be avoided by appropriate, early treatment of heart failure. One approach may be to refer only patients with abnormal baseline investigations as heart failure is unlikely if the electrocardiogram and chest x ray examination are normal and there are no predisposing factors for heart failure—for example, previous myocardial infarction, angina, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus.

4 0 90 180 270 360 450 540 630 720 Days from randomisation Survival curves from GESICA trial (see key references box), showing difference between patients taking amiodarone and controls Summary of drug management in chronic heart failure Drug class Potential therapeutic role Diuretics Symptomatic improvement of congestion. Spironolactone improves survival in severe (NYHA class IV) heart failure Improved symptoms, exercise capacity, and survival in patients with asymptomatic and symptomatic systolic dysfunction Improved symptoms, exercise capacity, and fewer admissions to hospital Treatment of symptomatic heart failure in patients intolerant to ACE inhibitors* Improved survival in symptomatic patients intolerant to ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor antagonists* Improved symptoms and survival in stable patients who are already receiving ACE inhibitors Prevention of arrhythmias in patients with symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors Digoxin Angiotensin II receptor antagonists Nitrates and hydralazine Blockers Key references x Australia/New Zealand Heart Failure Research Collaborative Group.

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