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Acute and Chronic Heart Failure

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

These guidelines make recommendations based upon evidence for established and new diagnostic tests and therapies for heart failure. If implemented, they offer a real opportunitiy to improve the outcome of patients with this condition.

Heart Failure: Pathophysiology
Heart Failure: Treatment
Heart Failure: Diagnosis
Guidelines version available to download
Published in 2012
Reference European Heart Journal (2012) 33, 1787–1847
Published in 2013
Reference Corrigendum ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure
Published in 2012
Reference Addenda Web Tables - EHJ doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehs104
Published in 2012
Reference Pocket Guidelines HF
Published in 2013
Reference Guidelines into Practice - Heart Failure
Published in 2013
Reference 2012 Heart Failure ESC Slide-set
Published in 2012
Reference CME Questions on HF
Table of contents: Full Text (ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines)
  • Preamble
  • Introduction
  • Definition and diagnosis
  • The role of cardiac imaging in the evaluation of patients with suspected or confirmed heart failure
  • Other investigations
  • Devices and surgery
  • Prognosis
  • Pharmacological treatment of HF-REF (systolic heart failure)
  • Pharmacological treatment of HF-PEF (diastolic heart failure)
  • Non surgical device treatment of HF-REF (systolic heart failure)
  • Arrhythmias, bradycardia and atrioventricular block in patients with HF-REF and HF-PEF
  • Importance and management of other comorbidity in HF-REF and HF-PEF
  • Acute heart fialure
  • Coronary revascularization and surgery, including valve surgery, ventricular assist devices and transplantation
  • Holistic managment, including exercise training and mutidisciplinary management programmes, patient monotoring and palliative care





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