Heart failure: New drugs offer solutions to old problems

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Heart failure

Heart failure: New drugs offer solutions to old problems

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Echocardiography is a useful test for assisting with diagnosis of heart failure, but it may be difficult to access (Image: Stock.com – Nitchawat Paiyabhroma)
Echocardiography is a useful test for assisting with diagnosis of heart failure, but it may be difficult to access (Image: Stock.com – Nitchawat Paiyabhroma)

Professor Ngaire Kerse says new medicines for heart failure have appeared in recent years. With optimised use, these support the main goal of treatment, which is periods of stability with good quality of life

Key Points, Congestive heart failure will be increasingly important in the next decades. Diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, beta-block
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