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Guidelines for HFrEF treatment

W Ouwerkerk, A A Voors, S D Anker, J G Cleland, K Dickstein, G Filippatos, P van der Harst, H L Hillege, C C Lang, J M Ter Maaten, L L Ng, P Ponikowski, N J Samani, D J van Veldhuisen, F Zannad, M Metra, A H Zwinderman
Introduction: Despite clear guidelines recommendations, most patients with heart failure and reduced ejection-fraction (HFrEF) do not attain guideline-recommended target doses. We aimed to investigate characteristics and for treatment-indication-bias corrected clinical outcome of patients with HFrEF that did not reach recommended treatment doses of ACE-inhibitors/Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and/or beta-blockers. Methods and results: BIOSTAT-CHF was specifically designed to study uptitration of ACE-inhibitors/ARBs and/or beta-blockers in 2516 heart failure patients from 69 centres in 11 European countries who were selected if they were suboptimally treated while initiation or uptitration was anticipated and encouraged...
March 11, 2017: European Heart Journal
Zh D Kobalava, S V Villevalde, O I Lukina
The implementation into clinical practice of new therapeutic strategies that could improve the prognosis of patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remains relevant. Innovative approach is to restore imbalances of neurohumoral systems by inhibiting angiotensin II receptor and neprilysin. The review presents the role of the natriuretic peptides system in the HFrEF pathophysiology, historical approaches to neurohormonal modulation, clinical pharmacology of the first in the class of angiotensin receptor and neprilysin inhibitor sakubitril/valsartan...
February 2017: Kardiologiia
Pierpaolo Pellicori, Alessia Urbinati, Parin Shah, Alexandra MacNamara, Syed Kazmi, Riet Dierckx, Jufen Zhang, John G F Cleland, Andrew L Clark
AIMS: The PARADIGM-HF trial showed that sacubitril-valsartan, an ARB-neprilysin inhibitor, is more effective than enalapril for some patients with heart failure (HF). It is uncertain what proportion of patients with HF would be eligible for sacubitril-valsartan in clinical practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2001 and 2014, 6131 patients consecutively referred to a community HF clinic with suspected HF were assessed. The criteria required to enter the randomized phase of PARADIGM-HF, including symptoms, NT-proBNP, and current treatment with or without target doses of ACE inhibitors or ARBs, were applied to identify the proportion of patients eligible for sacubitril-valsartan...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
Ryunosuke Okuyama, Junnichi Ishii, Hiroshi Takahashi, Hideki Kawai, Takashi Muramatsu, Masahide Harada, Akira Yamada, Sadako Motoyama, Shigeru Matsui, Hiroyuki Naruse, Masayoshi Sarai, Midori Hasegawa, Eiichi Watanabe, Atsushi Suzuki, Mutsuharu Hayashi, Hideo Izawa, Yukio Yuzawa, Yukio Ozaki
Additional risk stratification may provide more aggressive and focalized preventive treatment to high-risk hypertensive patients according to the Japanese hypertension guidelines. We prospectively investigated the predictive value of high-sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI), both independently and in combination with N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), for incident heart failure (HF) in high-risk hypertensive patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Baseline hsTnI and NT-proBNP levels and echocardiography data were obtained for 493 Japanese hypertensive outpatients (mean age, 68...
February 2, 2017: Heart and Vessels
Yasser Khder, Victor Shi, John J V McMurray, Martin P Lefkowitz
It has been known since the 1990s that long-term morbidity and mortality is improved in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) by treatments that target the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). It has also long been thought that enhancement of the activity of natriuretic peptides (NPs) could potentially benefit patients with HFrEF, but multiple attempts to realize this benefit had failed over the years - until 2014, when a large, phase III, randomized, controlled clinical trial (PARADIGM-HF) was completed comparing sacubitril/valsartan with enalapril, a well-established treatment for HFrEF...
December 22, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Marius Mark Thomsen, Christian Lewinter, Lars Køber
The aim of this paper is to evaluate the treatment effects of recommended drugs and devices on key clinical outcomes for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFREF). Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) listed in the 2012 HF guideline from the European Society of Cardiology as well as the 2013 HF guideline from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association were evaluated for use in the meta-analysis. RCTs written in English evaluating recommended drugs and devices for the treatment of patients with HFREF were included...
December 2016: ESC Heart Failure
C U Oeing, C Tschöpe, B Pieske
The new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure (HF) were presented in May 2016 during the congress of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in Florence. An important amendment affects the classification of HF which now differentiates between HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and left ventricular EF (LVEF) > 50%, HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF, LVEF < 40%) and the new entity HF with mid-range ejection fraction (HFmrEF, LVEF 40-49%)...
December 2016: Herz
Vincent Matthias Brandenburg, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca, Nikolaus Marx
Sacubitril / Valsartan proofed to be an effective treatment compared to enalapril in reducing heart failure hospitalisations and mortality in patients with severe "Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction" (HFREF). Recent European cardiology guidelines attributed a class IB recommendation for Sacubitril / Valsartan in HFREF patients who remain symptomatic despite optimal treatment with ACE-I, a beta-blocker, and a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist. There is a significant overlap between diabetic and HFREF patients and thus, efficacy assessment of Sacubitril / Valsartan is a clinically meaningful issue in the large subgroup of HFREF patients with diabetes...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Muthiah Vaduganathan, Akshay S Desai
Composite angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibition (ARNi) represents a novel pharmacologic strategy for treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the PARADIGM-HF (Prospective comparison of ARNi with ACEi to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and Morbidity in Heart Failure) trial of 8399 subjects with HFrEF, treatment with the ARNi LCZ696 (sacubitril/valsartan) was associated with statistically important reductions in cardiovascular death, all-cause mortality, and the composite of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization in comparison with enalapril...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Martin M LeWinter, Michael R Zile
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October 11, 2016: Circulation
Ward A Heggermont, Marc Goethals, Riet Dierckx, Sofie Verstreken, Jozef Bartunek, Marc Vanderheyden
The brand new 2016 ESC guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic heart failure continue to give a prominent place to mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in the treatment of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). In the prevention of HF hospitalization and death, a class I, level of recommendation A, is given to MRAs for patients with HFrEF, who remain symptomatic despite treatment with an ACE-inhibitor and a beta-blocker and have an LVEF below 35 %. This recommendation is primarily based on two landmark trials, the RALES trial (for spironolactone) and the EMPHASIS-HF trial (for eplerenone)...
September 12, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
Dimitrios Farmakis, Vassiliki Bistola, Apostolos Karavidas, John Parissis
The combination of neprilysin inhibitor sacubitril with the angiotensin II receptor 1 blocker valsartan is the first agent from the angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors (ARNI) class authorized for clinical use in heart failure (HF) patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Sacubitril/valsartan resulted in 20% reduction in the incidence rate of death or HF hospitalization compared to enalapril in symptomatic HFrEF patients in the seminal PARADIGM-HF trial. As a result, the recently updated European and American HF guidelines granted this agent a class IB indication for the treatment of ambulatory/chronic symptomatic HFrEF patients...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Stuart B Prenner, Sanjiv J Shah, Clyde W Yancy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Numerous evidence-based medical and device therapies proven to reduce morbidity and mortality have advanced care for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The primacy of this approach has now been superseded by striking new data resulting in the approval of the combination of valsartan and sacubitril, a neprilysin inhibitor (also known as LCZ696), in 2015 for the treatment of HFrEF. LCZ696 is a novel heart failure drug that simultaneously inhibits the renin-angiotensin system and potentiates the natriuretic peptide system...
August 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Elaine Nguyen, Erin R Weeda, C Michael White
Heart failure (HF) impacts an estimated 5.7 million Americans, and its prevalence is projected to increase to more than 8 million Americans in the next 15 years. Key clinical trials have established an evidence-based foundation for treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Ivabradine and sacubitril/valsartan, which inhibit the f-channel and the angiotensin receptor and neprilysin, respectively, were recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for HFrEF. In systolic heart failure, treatment with the If inhibitor ivabradine significantly reduced the combined endpoint of cardiovascular mortality or heart failure hospital admission vs placebo (P < ...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Frederik H Verbrugge, Jeroen Vrijsen, Jan Vercammen, Lars Grieten, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens
OBJECTIVE: Beta blockers reduce all-cause mortality and readmissions in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), which may be explained by their effect on heart rate (HR). This study assessed the impact of HR reduction with beta blockers on exercise capacity in recent onset HFrEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty consecutive patients with recent onset HFrEF (<30 days) performed a standardized exercise protocol with respiratory gas analysis at baseline as well as after 6 and 12 months...
October 2015: Acta Cardiologica
Eric Black-Maier, Benjamin A Steinberg, Jonathan P Piccini
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of thromboembolic stroke and death. AF is common in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), affecting between 30 and 40% of patients with HFrEF. AF increases the risk of death and hospitalization in patients with HFrEF. Only two antiarrhythmic drugs (amiodarone and dofetilide) are guideline-recommended in patients with AF and heart failure (HF). Meta-analyses of studies of major trials in HF suggest that patients with AF/HFrEF do not benefit from conventional β-blockers...
June 2015: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Petar M Seferović, Walter J Paulus
Diabetes mellitus-related cardiomyopathy (DMCMP) was originally described as a dilated phenotype with eccentric left ventricular (LV) remodelling and systolic LV dysfunction. Recently however, clinical studies on DMCMP mainly describe a restrictive phenotype with concentric LV remodelling and diastolic LV dysfunction. Both phenotypes are not successive stages of DMCMP but evolve independently to respectively heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFPEF) or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFREF)...
July 14, 2015: European Heart Journal
Edward Koifman, Ehud Grossman, Avishay Elis, Dror Dicker, Bella Koifman, Morris Mosseri, Rafael Kuperstein, Ilan Goldenberg, Tamir Kamerman, Nava Levine-Tiefenbrun, Robert Klempfner
BACKGROUND: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) comprises a large portion of heart failure patients and portends poor prognosis with similar outcome to heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Thus far, no medical therapy has been shown to improve clinical outcome in this common condition. TRIAL DESIGN: The study is a randomized-controlled, multicenter clinical trial aimed to determine whether early posthospitalization comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) including exercise training (ET) in recently hospitalized HFpEF patients reduces the composite end point of all-cause mortality and hospitalizations in comparison with usual care (UC)...
December 2014: American Heart Journal
Brent N Reed, Jo E Rodgers, Carla A Sueta
Polypharmacy, the use of 4 or more medications, is universal in patients with heart failure (HF). Evidence-based combination therapy is prescribed in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Additionally, treatment of the high prevalence of comorbidities presents many therapeutic dilemmas. The use of nonprescription medications is common, adding further complexity to the medication therapy regimens of patients with HF. An approach for combining evidence-based therapies in patients with HFrEF is presented...
October 2014: Heart Failure Clinics
Boback Ziaeian, Yan Zhang, Nancy M Albert, Anne B Curtis, Mihai Gheorghiade, J Thomas Heywood, Mandeep R Mehra, Christopher M O'Connor, Dwight Reynolds, Mary Norine Walsh, Clyde W Yancy, Gregg C Fonarow
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have demonstrated benefit for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapies in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF); yet, questions have been raised with regard to the benefit of device therapy for minorities. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical effectiveness of CRT and ICD therapies as a function of race/ethnicity in outpatients with HFrEF (ejection fraction ≤35%)...
August 26, 2014: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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