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By Russell C. Davis

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The Framingham study has shown a decline in hypertension as a risk factor for heart failure over the years, which probably reflects improvements in treatment. Ischaemic heart disease, however, remains very common. Aspirin, blockers, and lipid lowering treatment, as well as smoking cessation, can reduce progression to myocardial infarction in patients with angina, and blockers may also reduce ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction. Early detection of left ventricular dysfunction in “high risk” asymptomatic patients—for example, those who have already had a myocardial infarction or who have hypertension or atrial fibrillation—and treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors can minimise the progression to symptomatic heart failure.

In 1993 in the United Kingdom, heart failure cost the NHS £360m a year; the figure now is probably closer to £600m, equivalent to 1-2% of the total NHS budget, and hospital admissions account for 60-70% of this expenditure. Admissions for heart failure have been increasing and are expected to increase further. Preventing disease progression, hence reducing the frequency and duration of admissions, is therefore an important objective in the treatment of heart failure in the future. 0 100 Heart failure is likely to continue to become a major public health problem in the coming decades; new and better management strategies are necessary, including risk factor interventions, for patients at risk of developing heart failure Implementing treatment algorithms Key references Role of specialist nurse in management of patients with heart failure The table on sensitivity and specificity is based on information in Cowie et al (Lancet 1997;350:1349-53) and McDonagh et al (Lancet 1998;351:9-13).

In overall terms, no evidence exists at present to support the use of oral catecholamine receptor (or postreceptor pathway) stimulants in the treatment of chronic heart failure. Digoxin remains the only (albeit weak) positive inotrope that is valuable in the management of chronic heart failure. Blockers Adrenoceptor blockers have traditionally been avoided in patients with heart failure due to their negative inotropic effects. However, there is now considerable clinical evidence to support the use of blockers in patients with chronic stable heart failure resulting from left ventricular systolic dysfunction.

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