Management of heart failure

Prim Care. 2000 Sep;27(3):651-75;vi. doi: 10.1016/s0095-4543(05)70168-8.


Heart failure imposes a major burden on society. Primary care physicians, who care for 70% of all heart-failure patients, have opportunities to reduce the economic and mortality impact of this disease by improved outpatient management. Management tasks for these patients are discussed. Successful completion of these tasks will lead to an improvement in functional capacity, fewer hospitalizations, and longer lives for heart-failure patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / complications
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis*
  • Heart Failure / drug therapy*
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Self Care
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / complications


  • Cardiovascular Agents