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Hidden in Heart Failure

Cannie, DE; Akhtar, MM; Elliott, P; (2019) Hidden in Heart Failure. European Cardiology Review , 14 (2) pp. 89-96. 10.15420/ecr.2019.19.2. Green open access

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Abstract

Current diagnostic strategies fail to illuminate the presence of rare disease in the heart failure population. One-third of heart failure patients are categorised as suffering an idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, while others are labelled only as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Those affected frequently suffer from delays in diagnosis, which can have a significant impact on quality of life and prognosis. Traditional rhetoric argues that delineation of this patient population is superfluous to treatment, as elucidation of aetiology will not lead to a deviation from standard management protocols. This article emphasises the importance of identifying genetic, inflammatory and infiltrative causes of heart failure to enable patients to access tailored management strategies.

Type: Article
Title: Hidden in Heart Failure
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15420/ecr.2019.19.2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15420/ecr.2019.19.2
Language: English
Additional information: This work is open access under the CC-BY-NC 4.0 License which allows users to copy, redistribute and make derivative works for non-commercial purposes, provided the original work is cited correctly.
Keywords: heart failure, cardiac amyloidosis, dilated cardiomyopathy, genetic cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, rare disease
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Clinical Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079254
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