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Revista Uruguaya de Cardiología

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BURGUEZ, Sergio. Insuficiencia cardíaca aguda. Rev.Urug.Cardiol. [online]. 2017, vol.32, n.3, pp.370-389. ISSN 0797-0048.

Acute heart failure continues to be a frequent cause of hospitalization and its morbidity and mortality have not been reduced beyond the efforts made, hence the importance to analyze everything related to its clinical management. This chapter addresses the acute heart failure clinical practice, with detailed analysis of diagnostic and therapeutic aspects. For a better understanding of the topic, different definitions and classifications of acute heart failure are analyzed. A conceptual approach similar to that of acute coronary syndrome is proposed in the sense of improving the times of therapeutic intervention. Application of a simple scheme for clinical evaluation is recommended, based on the presence or absence of signs and symptoms of low output and congestion. At the end of the chapter, the most important concepts that should be taken into account by physicians are summarized.

Keywords : Acute Heart Failure.

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