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Acute and Chronic Heart Failure

Diagnosis and Therapy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Acute Heart Failure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 3-5
    3. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 37-39
    4. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 40-54
    5. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 136-152
    6. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 155-159
    7. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 160-169
    8. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 170-182
  3. Chronic Heart Failure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 185-188
    3. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 192-197
    4. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 198-204
    5. Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
      Pages 205-207

About this book


Withering demonstrated 200 years ago in the year 1784 that "drop­ sy" could be successfully treated with foxglove extracts. This dis­ covery eventually led to the scientifically based treatment of heart failure with chemically defined digitalis glycosides. In Germany, particularly, the usefulness of this development was greatly exagger­ ated and often resulted in the indiscrimate use of digitalis for pa­ tients with coronary artery disease and its complications. Today, this type of drug intervention is used more sparingly. At the same time, other therapeutic concepts were introduced, particularly that of drug-induced diuresis and the concept of vasodilation. This book is the result of a systematic study of various therapeu­ tic approaches for the management of heart failure and includes clinical, experimental and theoretical aspects. For more than a de­ cade, various therapeutic modalities have been clinically evaluated in the setting of acute heart failure managed in the intensive care unit as well as chronic heart failure for inpatient and outpatient therapy. Experience has shown that in certain clinical situations, particu­ larly the management of acute disease, specific, individual drug in­ tervention is required and is based on the underlying etiology for heart failure. However, in chronic heart failure, long-term success can only be achieved by the rational combination of treatment mo­ dalities. The present text is aimed at providing the clinically and scientif­ ically oriented physician with the pathophysiologic and pharmaco­ logic background necessary to place into perspective the therapeutic efforts for the management of heart failure.


Renin-Angiotensin-System angiography arrhythmia artery circulation coronary artery disease drugs echocardiography embolism heart heart failure hemodynamics hypertension myocardial infarction physiology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Zentrum der Inneren Medizin, Abteilung für KardiologieKlinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt 70Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Acute and Chronic Heart Failure
  • Book Subtitle Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Authors Wulf-Dirk Bussmann
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-15905-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-64890-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-61627-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 286
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
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