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Current Approach to Heart Failure


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Evolving concepts on the basic mechanisms of heart failure.- Assessment of left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction.- Right ventricular dysfunction in heart failure.- The role of atrial functional assessment in heart failure.- Assessment of secondary mitral regurgitation.- Assessment of left ventricular contractile reserve in heart failure.- Role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in heart failure.- The evolving role of multimodality imaging in heart failure.- Contemporary pharmacological treatment of heart failure.- Myocardial revascularization in heart failure.- Approach to arrhythmia in heart failure.- Implantable defibrillator therapy.- Cardiac resynchronization therapy.- Mechanical circulatory support.- Cell and gene therapy in heart failure.- Valvular Surgery in Heart Failure.- Percutaneous Valvular Therapies in Heart Failure.- Pretransplant evaluation.- Strategies for improving outcomes in heart transplantation.- Heart failure and hypertension.- Right heart failure.- Acute heart failure.- Heart failure in oncologic patients.- Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure.- The kidney and electrolyte imbalances in heart failure.- Prognostic factors and risk scores in heart failure.- Rehabilitation therapy in patients with heart failure.

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Prof Maria Dorobantu is professor of Cardiology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest, Romania, and head of the Cardiology Department of Clinical Emergency Hospital, Bucharest. She has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of acute heart failure (HF). She has been principal investigator in the the phase III RELAX-AHF and RELAX-AHF-2 trials as well as SENIORS and BEAUTIFUL trials. These trials regard the effects of the new agent serelaxin in the patients with acute HF. Between 2008 and 2014 she was member of CPC of ESC, Group of Hypertension.Prof Marco Metra is professor of cardiology at the University of Brescia and directs the Institute of Cardiology of the University and Civil Hospital of Brescia, Italy. Prof Metra has been principal investigator and member of the Executive or Steering Committees of many trials in patients with HF. His research is focused on HF: -blocker therapy, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and the assessment and treatment of acute HF. Prof Metra is also member of the Executive Committee or data Monitoring Committee of many major trials regarding the treatment of HF. As board member of the HF Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) from 2001 to 2008, He has been a member of the ESC's Committee for Practice Guidelines (years 2004-8), and has been co-chair of the 2008 meeting of the HFA of ESC, held in Milan in June 2008.
Prof Frank Ruschitzka is head of the HF and Transplantation Clinic at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. He specialized in internal medicine, nephrology and cardiology at the Universities of Goettingen and Zurich. In 2003, he was awarded the annual Goetz-Preis of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich for excellence in clinical medicine and research. He is the President Elect of the HF Association of the ESC. Professor Ruschitzka's research interests focusses on delineating novel targets and therapies in coronary artery disease and HF.


"Current Approach to Heart Failure is a 642-page book that addresses a very important and rapidly evolving clinical problem. ... The book is well written, referenced, and up to date. ... this book is extremely relevant for any clinician working with patients with heart failure. It provides useful information, includes well-summarized, state-of-the-art concepts, and is a valuable resource to have." (Andre Y. Denault and Genevieve Giraldeau, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 125 (4), October, 2017)

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