Prognostic Indicators and Assessment of Therapeutic Responses

  • Daniel A. Duprez
  • Jay N. Cohn

Abstract

Chronic heart failure is a debilitating and inexorably progressive disease characterized by significant morbidity and mortality. In the past 20 years, advances in understanding the pathophysiology of heart failure and new developments in treatment have allowed us to alleviate the symptoms of this disease, slow the natural progression of the underlying myocardial process, and improve survival. However, the prognosis remains generally poor, and the expanding range of therapeutic options has greatly increased the complexity of treating these patients. It has become increasingly important to identify factors that may predict clinical outcome or response to therapy, thus allowing rational selection of therapy for individual patients.

Keywords

Heart Failure Brain Natriuretic Peptide Black Patient Heart Failure Hospitalization Peak Oxygen Consumption 
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  • Daniel A. Duprez
  • Jay N. Cohn

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