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Monday, July 2, 2018

Heart Failure Triggers

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emDocs - July 2, 2018 - By Karz J & Bucher J-  Edited by Koyfman A & Long B

"...Key Points:
  • Always address ABCs.
  • Rule out more common causes of acute decompensated heart failure first (respiratory illnesses, arrhythmias, renal failure, ACS, uncontrolled HTN, medication non-compliance, and dietary indiscretions).
  • Consider reversible causes of HF (e.g., NSAIDs, alcohol) and stop the offending agent.
  • There may be more than one precipitant leading to acute decompensated heart failure.
  • Always evaluate for ACS."