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A rational approach to assess volume status in patients with decompensated heart failure.

Authors
  • Ahmed, Mustafa
  • Hill, James
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current heart failure reports
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2012
Volume
9
Issue
2
Pages
139–147
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11897-012-0084-x
PMID: 22367349
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although the past few decades have yielded significant improvements in the management of cardiomyopathy, heart failure remains a leading cause of hospitalization as well as readmissions, both in the United States and worldwide. Accurate assessment of volume status in these patients is of great importance because it guides initial therapies and aids in determining suitability for discharge. However, this assessment can prove to be challenging and, therefore, must be based on multiple data points and techniques. This review examines the various modalities of volume assessment in the patient with decompensated heart failure.

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