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[RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE HEART FAILURE]

KARLÓCAI Kristóf

JULY 14, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(06-07)

[Acute heart failure may develop in previously healthy hearts. Nevertheless, structural abnormalities can facilitate its development and also, chronic heart failure can progress into acute stage. Considering the total cost of care in the patient's life, this is the most expensive heart disease. The clinical signs and physical abnormalities are usually of diagnostic power, however, instrumental investigations are necessary to recognize complications and to guide therapy. Patients should be monitored in well equipped coronary care units. Therapy consists of medications, coronary revascularization and use of mechanical assist devices.]

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