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HFrEF treatment

Chayakrit Krittanawong, Marrick L Kukin
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a complex and debilitating syndrome, is commonly seen in elderly populations. Exacerbation of HFpEF is among the most common reasons for hospital admission in the USA. The high rate of morbidity and mortality from this condition underscores the fact that HFpEF is heterogeneous, complex, and poorly characterized. Randomized, controlled trials have been very successful at identifying treatments for HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), but effective treatment options for HFpEF are lacking...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
B Tate Cutshall, Benjamin T Duhart, Jagannath Saikumar, Michael Samarin, Lydia Hutchison, Joanna Q Hudson
BACKGROUND: Treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) requires guideline-directed medication therapy (GDMT) consisting of either an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker in combination with an indicated beta-blocker. There is concern that end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are not being prescribed GDMT. The study aim was to determine whether outcomes differ for patients with HFrEF and ESRD receiving GDMT compared to those not receiving GDMT...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Kotaro Nochioka, Yasuhiko Sakata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system play crucial roles in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Clinical trials provide strong evidence of prognostic benefits for combination therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and β-blocker in the treatment of HFrEF. Angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) is not superior to ACEI in improving mortality and an alternative for patients who are intolerant to ACEI. Prognostic evidence for triple therapy which combined angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and ACEI in addition to β-blocker therapy, is still controversial in HFrEF...
March 15, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Özcan Örsçelik, Buğra Özkan, Ayça Arslan, Emre Ertan Şahin, Ozan Sakarya, Orçun Ali Sürmeli, Şenay Balcı Fidancı, Ahmet Çelik, Burak Yavuz Çimen, İsmail Türkay Özcan
OBJECTIVE: Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome resulting from structural or functional damages. Although clinical trials have shown that the plasma renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation decreases HF functional status and increases hospitalization for HF patients, the effect of intrarenal RAS activity is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, duration, and number of hospitalizations in the previous year and urinary angiotensinogen (UAGT) in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
March 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Petar M Seferović, Mark C Petrie, Gerasimos S Filippatos, Stefan D Anker, Giuseppe Rosano, Johann Bauersachs, Walter J Paulus, Michel Komajda, Francesco Cosentino, Rudolf A de Boer, Dimitrios Farmakis, Wolfram Doehner, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Yuri Lopatin, Massimo F Piepoli, Michael J Theodorakis, Henrik Wiggers, John Lekakis, Alexandre Mebazaa, Mamas A Mamas, Carsten Tschöpe, Arno W Hoes, Jelena P Seferović, Jennifer Logue, Theresa McDonagh, Jillian P Riley, Ivan Milinković, Marija Polovina, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Mitja Lainscak, Aldo P Maggioni, Frank Ruschitzka, John J V McMurray
The coexistence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and heart failure (HF), either with reduced (HFrEF) or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), is frequent (30-40% of patients) and associated with a higher risk of HF hospitalization, all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality. The most important causes of HF in T2DM are coronary artery disease, arterial hypertension and a direct detrimental effect of T2DM on the myocardium. T2DM is often unrecognized in HF patients, and vice versa, which emphasizes the importance of an active search for both disorders in the clinical practice...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Wally Omar, Ambarish Pandey, Mark J Haykowsky, Jarett D Berry, Carl J Lavie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper highlights the dynamic relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and heart failure (HF). As heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) surpasses heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in prevalence, our void in understanding how to treat this syndrome becomes less justifiable. As such, significant attention has been given to the role that obesity and physical inactivity play, as both risk factors for heart failure, and therapeutic targets for its treatment...
April 2018: Current Heart Failure Reports
Ki Hong Choi, Ga Yeon Lee, Jin-Oh Choi, Eun-Seok Jeon, Hae-Young Lee, Hyun-Jai Cho, Sang Eun Lee, Min-Seok Kim, Jae-Joong Kim, Kyung-Kuk Hwang, Shung Chull Chae, Sang Hong Baek, Seok-Min Kang, Dong-Ju Choi, Byung-Su Yoo, Kye Hun Kim, Hyun-Young Park, Myeong-Chan Cho, Byung-Hee Oh
BACKGROUND: After introduction of up-titration strategy, there are limited data on comparison between the effects of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The study sought to investigate the association between treatment with ARB at discharge and clinical outcomes in patients with HFrEF compared with treatment with ACEI or no renin angiotensin system blocker (RASB). METHODS: The KorAHF registry is a prospective multicenter cohort and included patients who were hospitalized for acute heart failure (AHF)...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Adriana Mihaela Ilieșiu, Andreea Simona Hodorogea
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a growing epidemiologic problem affecting more than half of the patients with heart failure (HF). HFpEF has a significant morbidity and mortality and so far no treatment has been clearly demonstrated to improve the outcomes in HFpEF, in contrast to the efficacy of treatment in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).The failure of proven beneficial drugs in HFrEF to influence the outcome of patients with HFpEF could be related to the heterogeneity of the disease, its various phenotypes and multifactorial pathophysiology, incompletely elucidated yet...
March 2, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yuting Zhai, Yuanyuan Luo, Pei Wu, Dongye Li
Sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) is a target of interest in gene therapy for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). However, the results of an important clinical study, the Calcium Upregulation by Percutaneous Administration of Gene Therapy in Cardiac Disease (CUPID) trial, were controversial. Promising results were observed in the CUPID 1 trial, but the results of the CUPID 2 trial were negative. The factors that caused the controversial results remain unclear. Importantly, enrolled patients were required to have a higher plasma level of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in the CUPID 2 trial...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Jacek Migaj, Marta Kałużna-Oleksy, Jadwiga Nessler, Grzegorz Opolski, Marisa Crespo-Leiro, Aldo P Maggioni, Stefan Grajek, Piotr Ponikowski, Jarosław Drożdż, Ewa Straburzyńska-Migaj
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is used in treatment of atrial fibrillation and heart failure (HF). It was reported to increase the risk of death in HF. Studies of digoxin base mainly on patients treated some years ago, before the era of common beta-blocker use. AIM: This study aims to show the influence of digoxin in a modern cohort of HF patients on top of the contemporary guideline-directed treatment. METHODS: This study analyzes retrospectively the Polish portion of the ESC HF Long-Term Registry...
February 24, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Robert H G Schwinger
Elderly people show increased probability to develop atherosclerotic diseases; in consequence heart failure - most often following coronary heart disease - as well as atrial fibrillation is more common. Following guidelines may lead to polypharmacy, i. e. use of more than 5 drugs daily. Thus, drug interactions as well as side effects become more likely; especially in elderly patients reduced kidney function has to be taken into account. Only drugs which have shown to prolong life or to reduce symptoms in controlled clinical trials should be used...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Nasrien E Ibrahim, James L Januzzi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Biomarker-guided management of patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remains controversial. RECENT FINDINGS: Biomarkers have established roles for diagnosis and prognostication in HF. Pilot data suggested that use of natriuretic peptides might be helpful to guide HF care. The recent Guiding Evidence-Based Therapy Using Biomarker Intensified Treatment in Heart Failure (GUIDE-IT) randomized-controlled trial did not find therapy guided by NT-proBNP to be more effective than usual care in improving the primary endpoint of HF hospitalization or cardiovascular mortality amongst patients with chronic HFrEF...
February 21, 2018: Current Heart Failure Reports
Amresh Raina, Talha Meeran
PURPOSE: In patients with left-sided HF, there has been less emphasis on the pathophysiology of the RV in terms of diagnostic evaluation and treatment, versus focus on structural abnormalities of the LV. This review seeks to delineate the importance of RV dysfunction in terms of its contribution to symptomatic limitations and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with left-sided HF. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have demonstrated that RV dysfunction is common in both HFpEF and HFrEF, but more pronounced in HFrEF...
February 21, 2018: Current Heart Failure Reports
Elizabeth K Pogge, Lindsay E Davis
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to describe the use of pharmacist-managed sacubitril/valsartan therapy in a multi-center, outpatient cardiac group. BACKGROUND: Sacubitril/valsartan, an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNi), is a novel agent for the treatment of heart failure. An ARNi is recommended by national guidelines to be used in place of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) therapy for patients who remain symptomatic...
February 17, 2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
Dong-Ju Choi, Chan Soon Park, Jin Joo Park, Hae-Young Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Byung-Su Yoo, Eun-Seok Jeon, Seok Keun Hong, Joon-Han Shin, Myung-A Kim, Dae-Gyun Park, Eung-Ju Kim, Soon-Jun Hong, Seok Yeon Kim, Jae-Joong Kim
BACKGROUND: Carvedilol is a non-selective, third-generation beta-blocker and is one of the cornerstones for treatment for patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). However, due to its short half-life, immediate-release carvedilol (IR) needs to be prescribed twice a day. Recently, slow-release carvedilol (SR) has been developed. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether carvedilol-SR is non-inferior to standard carvedilol-IR in terms of its clinical efficacy in patients with HFrEF...
February 13, 2018: Trials
Lars H Lund, Brian Claggett, Jiankang Liu, Carolyn S Lam, Pardeep S Jhund, Giuseppe M Rosano, Karl Swedberg, Salim Yusuf, Christopher B Granger, Marc A Pfeffer, John J V McMurray, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: We tested the hypothesis that candesartan improves outcomes in heart failure (HF) with mid-range ejection fraction [HFmrEF; ejection fraction (EF) 40-49%]. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 7598 patients enrolled in the CHARM Programme (HF across the spectrum of EF), we assessed characteristics, outcomes and treatment effect of candesartan according to EF. Patients with HFmrEF (n = 1322, 17%) were similar to those with HF with reduced EF (HFrEF; n = 4323, 57%) with respect to some characteristics, and intermediate between HFrEF and HF with preserved EF (HFpEF; n = 1953, 26%) with respect to others...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Gianluigi Savarese, Nicola Orsini, Camilla Hage, Ola Vedin, Francesco Cosentino, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Ulf Dahlström, Lars H Lund
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the association between N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiovascular (CV) versus non-CV events and between NT-proBNP and potential treatment effects in heart failure (HF) with preserved, mid-range, and reduced ejection fraction (HFpEF, HFmrEF, and HFrEF, respectively) and clinically relevant subgroups. BACKGROUND: Optimizing patient eligibility criteria in HF trials requires biomarkers that enrich for CV but not for non-CV events and select patients most likely to respond to the tested intervention...
February 1, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Grégoire Massoullié, Chenaf Chouki, Aurélien Mulliez, Patrick Rossignol, Sylvain Ploux, Bruno Pereira, Adrien Reuillard, Fréderic Jean, Marius Andronache, Alain Eschalier, Pascal Motreff, Guillaume Clerfond, Pierre Bordachar, Nicolas Authier, Romain Eschalier
Prognosis of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is improved by drug optimization according to guidelines; however, little is known regarding such optimization in HFrEF patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). This study aimed to describe implementation of this optimized strategy and its impact in patients implanted with an ICD/CRT. Using a 1/97th representative sample of the French national health-care insurance system claims database, a retrospective cohort study was conducted including HFrEF patients implanted with ICD or CRT between January 2009 and December 2014...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Noemi Bruno, Gianfranco Sinagra, Stefania Paolillo, Alice Bonomi, Ugo Corrà, Massimo Piepoli, Fabrizio Veglia, Elisabetta Salvioni, Rocco Lagioia, Marco Metra, Giuseppe Limongelli, Gaia Cattadori, Angela B Scardovi, Valentina Carubelli, Domenico Scrutino, Roberto Badagliacca, Marco Guazzi, Rosa Raimondo, Piero Gentile, Damiano Magrì, Michele Correale, Gianfranco Parati, Federica Re, Mariantonietta Cicoira, Maria Frigerio, Maurizio Bussotti, Carlo Vignati, Fabrizio Oliva, Alessandro Mezzani, Giuseppe Vergaro, Andrea Di Lenarda, Claudio Passino, Susanna Sciomer, Giuseppe Pacileo, Roberto Ricci, Mauro Contini, Anna Apostolo, Pietro Palermo, Massimo Mapelli, Cosimo Carriere, Francesco Clemenza, Simone Binno, Romualdo Belardinelli, Carlo Lombardi, Pasquale Perrone Filardi, Michele Emdin, Piergiuseppe Agostoni
AIMS: Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) have been demonstrated to improve outcomes in reduced ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF) patients. However, MRAs added to conventional treatment may lead to worsening of renal function and hyperkalaemia. We investigated, in a population-based analysis, the long-term effects of MRA treatment in HFrEF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed data of 6046 patients included in the Metabolic Exercise Cardiac Kidney Index score dataset...
February 4, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
Jessica A Hiemstra, Adam B Veteto, Michelle D Lambert, T Dylan Olver, Brian S Ferguson, Kerry S McDonald, Craig A Emter, Timothy L Domeier
Exercise improves clinical outcomes in patients diagnosed with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), in part via beneficial effects on cardiomyocyte Ca2+ cycling during excitation-contraction coupling (ECC). However, limited data exist regarding the effects of exercise training on cardiomyocyte function in patients diagnosed with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The purpose of this study was to investigate cardiomyocyte Ca2+ handling and contractile function following chronic low-intensity exercise training in aortic-banded miniature swine, and test the hypothesis that low-intensity exercise improves cardiomyocyte function in a large animal model of pressure overload...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
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