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Assessment of prognosis in patients with chronic heart failure

Christopher Gale and Mark Kearney

in Chronic Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199542338
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199542338.003.0004

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Assessment of prognosis in patients with chronic heart failure

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• The prognosis in patients with chronic heart failure is poor and worse than many malignancies. • Patients frequently die from progressive heart failure or sudden death principally due to ventricular arrhythmia. • The precise mechanisms for the modes of death from heart failure are unclear. • Numerous potentially useful markers of prognosis exist. • Assessment of prognosis may be determined non-invasively and when allied to physicians judgement may allow tailoring of therapies and aid discussions with patients and families regarding treatment strategies and life expectancy.

Chapter.  1661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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