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Acute and Chronic Heart Failure

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Topics: Heart Failure (HF)


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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.

19/05/2012 00:00:00

Current versions available to download

Publication dateVersionsReferencesSize
2013CorrigendumCorrigendum ESC Guidelines on Heart Failure72 KB
2012Full TextEuropean Heart Journal (2012) 33, 1787–1847
2012Pocket GuidelinesPocket Guidelines HF
2013 Slide-set2012 Heart Failure ESC Slide-set10 MB
2012CME QuestionsCME Questions on HF
2012Related MaterialsAddenda Web Tables - EHJ doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehs1045 MB
2013Related MaterialsGuidelines into Practice - Heart Failure

Current translated versions available to download:


John J.V. McMurray (Chairperson),  Stamatis Adamopoulos, Stefan D. Anker, Angelo Auricchio, Michael Boehm, Kenneth Dickstein, Volkmar Falk, Gerasimos Filippatos, Candida Fonseca, Miguel Angel Gomez Sanchez, Tiny Jaarsma, Lars Kober, Gregory Y.H. Lip, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Alexander Parkhomenko, Burket M. Pieske, Bogdan A. Popescu, Per K. Roennevik, Frans H. Rutten, Juerg Schwitter, Petar Seferovic, Janina Stepinska, Pedro T. Trindade, Adriaan A. Voors, Faiez Zannad, Andreas Zeiher

Declarations of Interest of the experts involved in the elaboration of the document.

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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

Previous versions

Chronic Heart Failure

2008Eur Heart J (29):2388-2442 Full Text
2005ESC Web Site Full Text - Diagnosis and Treatment


Eur Heart J 2001;22: 1527-1560

Full Text - Diagnosis and Treatment

1997Eur Heart J 2002;23:1809–1840Full Text - Treatmemt
1995Eur Heart J 1995; 16, 741 - 751Full Text - Diagnosis

Acute Heart Failure

2005ESC Web Site Full Text - Diagnosis and Treatment
2005Eur Heart J 2005; 26: 1115-1140Executive Summary - Acute Heart Failure