Signs for early diagnosis of heart failure in primary health care.

Last updated on 23-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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OBJECTIVE: The current guidelines for the diagnosis of heart failure (HF) are based on studies of hospital-based patients. The aim of this study is to describe the symptoms, clinical signs, and diagnostic procedures confirming the diagnosis of HF in primary health care.MATERIALS/SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Data were prospectively collected during a 2-year period by a nationwide network of sentinel practices. All adult patients without known HF, for which the diagnosis of HF was clinically suspected for the first time, were registered. When diagnosed, HF was confirmed after 1 month.RESULTS: 754 pa…

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