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The Therapist's Role in the Medical and Pharmacological Management of Heart Failure

Current Best Practices

Walters, Amy, PT, DPT, SCS, GCS; Ferreira, Germaine, PT, DPT

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 2–14
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000213
Pharmacology for the Older Adult: A Primer for the Fine Print

The incidence and prevalence of heart failure continue to increase, as many patients survive previously fatal cardiac conditions. While many new medications have come on the market, there has not been a significant reduction in mortality in this population. Many heart failure medications have significant side effects that may interfere with a patient's quality of life. Physical therapists need to be aware of these side effects and understand the importance of patient education regarding self-care and medication adherence. This article educates physical therapists about current medical and pharmacological treatment in the management of heart failure.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, University of St Augustine, Austin, Texas.

Correspondence: Amy Walters, PT, DPT, SCS, GCS, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, University of St Augustine, 5401 La Crosse Ave, Austin TX 78739 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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