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Initial heart failure therapy

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By Dr Faisal Aijaz Emergency medicine Registrar.
William F Peacock, Chad M Cannon, Adam J Singer, Brian C Hiestand
The diagnosis of patients presenting to the emergency department with acute heart failure (AHF) is challenging due to the similarity of AHF symptoms to other conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. Additionally, because AHF is most common in an older population, the presentation of coexistent pathologies further increases the challenge of making an accurate diagnosis and selecting the most appropriate treatment. Delays in the diagnosis and treatment of AHF can result in worse outcomes and higher healthcare costs...
2015: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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