Non-cardiac comorbidities in chronic heart failure

Chim C. Lang, Donna M. Mancini

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    Abstract

    Non-cardiac comorbidity complicates heart failure care and is prevalent in one form or another for the majority of elderly patients with heart failure. This wide range of comorbidities, which includes respiratory comorbidities, renal dysfunction, anaemia, arthritis, cognitive dysfunction and depression, contributes to the progression of the disease and may alter the response to treatment. Polypharmacy is inevitable in these patients. Cardiologists and other physicians caring for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) need to be vigilant to comorbid conditions that may complicate the care of these patients. Future trials should focus on optimal strategies for the comprehensive management of the elderly patients with CHF with multiple comorbidities rather than the isolated effects of single drugs in younger patients with few or no comorbidities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)665-671
    Number of pages7
    JournalHeart
    Volume93
    Issue number6
    Early online date17 Feb 2006
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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