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[Clinical characteristics and management of hypertense patients diagnosed of heart failure in primary health care in Spain. HICAP Study].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista clínica española
Publication Date
Volume
208
Issue
3
Pages
124–129
Identifiers
PMID: 18275765
Source
Medline

Abstract

A total of 1288 physicians who included 6719 patients participated in the study. Only 6375 were considered valid. The proportion of patients diagnosed of heart failure was 18.9%. In 39% of the cases, the diagnosis was made in Primary Health Care and 57.5% of the patients had undergone an electrocardiography. A total of 76.7% of the patients were functional class I-II and 36.1% had systolic dysfunction. Follow-up was performed in 33.6% of cases only in Primary Health Care. Seventy-seven percent of the patients were not treated with beta blockers and 11% did not take renin-angiotensin system blocker drugs. CONCLUSION. The proportion of hypertensive patients diagnosed of heart failure is high but their diagnostic management and therapy does not seem to be appropriate.

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