Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure in Long-Term Dialysis Patients

Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2017 Oct;14(5):404-409. doi: 10.1007/s11897-017-0354-8.


Purpose of review: Development of congestive heart failure as a manifestation of various cardiovascular ailments is not only an adverse prognostic factor for patients on long-term dialysis but its presence at the initiation of hemodialysis is another independent indicator of higher mortality.

Recent findings: The literature reviewed included the most recent studies that assessed the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors associated with dialysis in the setting of congestive heart failure. Improving outcomes for patients with heart failure in long-term dialysis continues to constitute a challenge due to the complexity of these illnesses and the lack of clear consensus to guide diagnosis and management.

Keywords: Congestive heart failure; Diagnosis and management; End-stage renal disease; Hemodialysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Global Health
  • Heart Failure* / diagnosis
  • Heart Failure* / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors