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Open Access Heart Failure Issues and Management: A European Perspective

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Heart failure poses an increasing problem for global health care systems. The epidemiological data which have been accrued over the last 30 years have predominantly been accumulated from experience within North America and Europe. The European experience in heart failure, although similar to that in North America, has recently demonstrated differences in hospitalization which may underlie the differences between health care system configurations. Despite the predicted increase in the number of patients affected by heart failure, over the last 30 years a clear management algorithm has evolved for the use of pharmacotherapies, device-based therapies, and mechanical therapies, including left ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation. Although the treatment of such patients has been clearly delineated in national and international guidelines, the underuse of all available and appropriate therapies remains a significant problem. The purpose of this review is to provide a European perspective on management of heart failure.
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Keywords: Europe; device-based therapies; heart failure; mechanical therapies; pharmacotherapies

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2015

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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