Heart Failure: Living with a Hurting Heart. James T. DeVries, MD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Outline. Definitions and scope of problem Diagnosing and classifying heart failure Approach to management of CHF Oral drug therapy (ACE-I, ARB, betablockers, aldosterone blockade, digoxin)
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James T. DeVries, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Braunwald 8th Edition, 2001
A heart failure heart has a reduced ability to pump blood.
Heart Failure Patients in US
*Rich M. J Am Geriatric Soc. 1997;45:968–974.
American Heart Association. 2001 Heart and Stroke Statistical Update. 2000.
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Ejection Fraction (EF)
ACC/AHA HF Stage1
NYHA Functional Class2
A At high risk for heart failure but without structural heart disease or symptoms of heart failure (eg, patients with hypertension or coronary artery disease)
B Structural heart disease but without symptoms of heart failure
CStructural heart disease with prior or current symptoms of heart failure
II Symptomatic with moderate exertion
III Symptomatic with minimal exertion
IV Symptomatic at rest
D Refractory heart failure requiring specialized interventions
1Hunt SA et al. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2001;38:2101–2113.
2New York Heart Association/Little Brown and Company, 1964. Adapted from: Farrell MH et al. JAMA. 2002;287:890–897.
Coronary artery disease
Adapted from Cohn JN. N Engl J Med. 1996;335:490–498.
Renin + Angiotensinogen
Salt & Water Retention
Type What it does
Diuretics (water pills)
Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB’s)Rational for Medications(Why does my doctor have me on so many pills??)
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Overview of Device Therapy
Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)
Combination Pacemaker & Defibrillator