Management of heart failure in the elderly : Current Opinion in Cardiology

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HEART FAILURE: Edited by Haissam Haddad

Management of heart failure in the elderly

Alghamdi, Faisal; Chan, Michael

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Current Opinion in Cardiology 32(2):p 217-223, March 2017. | DOI: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000375


Purpose of review 

Heart failure is a major chronic illness with no definitive cure. With improving healthcare and with an aging population in many countries, heart failure has become a common disease of the elderly. Pharmacological management of heart failure in the elderly remains a challenge. The syndrome of heart failure cannot be isolated from other comorbidities, which are very common in this population. The purpose of this review is to assist practicing clinicians to more effectively make decisions about management of heart failure in the elderly.

Recent findings 

In this review, we will try to integrate recent research studies, recent guidelines, and new treatment modalities, and discuss some controversies.


In general, the elderly patient with heart failure should be treated according to current heart failure guidelines; however, untailored heart failure management may cause untoward effects in this age group and may worsen clinical outcome.

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