When it comes to treating heart failure, what works for a young male may not work for an elderly woman, according to new HFSA guidelines.
Despite the fact that heart failure (HF) is a prevalent condition in women, African Americans, and the elderly, the recommendations based on trial data derived from predominately younger white male study populations are generally applied to these groups.
According to the HFSA, however, “there are etiologic and pathophysiologic considerations specific to these groups that warrant attention if care and outcomes are to be optimized.” Based on data from subgroup analyses of randomized HF trials and the results of cohort studies, the HFSA has developed recommendations specific for the aforementioned special populations as part of the 2010 HFSA Heart Failure Practice Guideline, published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.
Elderly Patients with Heart Failure:
Heart Failure in Women:
Heart Failure in African Americans:
To access the full 2010 HFSA guideline, click here.