Acute heart failure (AHF) is one of the most frequent causes of urgent cardiac care, requiring good clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills for clinical decision making that should be trained, including clinical suspicion, knowledge of mechanisms of disease and precipitants, diagnostic techniques, risk stratification and, of course, adequate treatment.
Advanced AHF is a vital emergency requiring quick and effective action, from early diagnosis to immediate management, including control of precipitants, medical therapies or mechanical ventilation or circulatory support.
Multidisciplinary teams and coordinated workflows are most often needed in this clinical setting.
Prof. Hector Bueno
Multidisciplinary Translational Cardiovascular Research (MTCR) Group
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC)
The resources below have been selected by Dr. Maria Trepa
ACVC Congress resources
- Optimal monitoring of patients with acute heart failure
- Acute heart failure – clinical decision-making toolkit
- Optimal medical management: contemporary role of IV vasodilators and inotropes
- Indication and selection of percutaneous mechanical support
ACVC Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit
Chapter 4: Acute Heart Failure
Access a selection of relevant courses in the field:
- Ventilation in AHF
- Acute right ventricular failure secondary to acutely increased afterload
- Haemodynamic monitoring in cardiogenic shock
- Echocardiography in the intensive care unit
- Mechanical circulatory support in cardiogenic shock - indications, contraindications and matching the patient to required support
European Heart Journal - Acute Cardiovascular Care
Access a selection of relevant scientific papers in the field:
- Acute Cardiovascular Care Association position statement for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock.
- Atrial fibrillation in acute heart failure: a position statement from the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association and the European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology
- Editor’s Choice – impact of identifying precipitating factors on 30-day mortality in acute heart failure patients
- Acute cardiorenal syndrome in acute heart failure: focus on renal replacement therapy
- Outcome and predictors for mortality in cardiogenic shock: a Dutch nationwide registry-based study of 75,407 patients with acute coronary syndrome treated by PCI