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Comorbidities associated with chronic heart failure

Alan Japp and David Newby

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/9780199542338.003.0010

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Comorbidities associated with chronic heart failure

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• In patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), non-cardiac comorbidities exacerbate symptoms, worsen prognosis, and complicate treatment. • Targeting associated comorbid conditions in CHF may offer novel avenues for treatment. • In the absence of a genuine contraindication, patients with CHF and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should be prescribed beta-blocker therapy. • Continuous-positive-airway-pressure therapy relieves symptoms in patients with CHF and sleep-disordered breathing but does not improve CHF-related clinical outcomes. • Recombinant erythropoietin represents a promising treatment for CHF patients with anaemia and merits further assessment in large-scale randomized controlled trials.

Chapter.  2357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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