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Study reveals “worrying” variations in the treatment of heart failure patients

28 May 2008

A Europe-wide survey has revealed significant differences between doctors in the way they treat patients with heart failure, with many physicians failing to give the best care to their patients despite the existence of recommended guidelines. The elderly are particularly at risk, with only about half of primary care physicians correctly referring those aged 65-80 with suspected heart failure to a specialist for diagnosis. Professor Willem Remme, the first author of the study, which is published online in Europe’s leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal, said the findings were “very worrying”.

From the paper
Awareness and perception of heart failure among European cardiologists, internists, geriatricians, and primary care physicians
Willem J. Remme, John J.V. McMurray, F.D. Richard Hobbs, Alain Cohen-Solal, José Lopez-Sendon, Alessandro Boccanelli, Faiez Zannad, Bernhard Rauch, Karen Keukelaar, Cezar Macarie, Witold Ruzyllo, and Charles Cline for the SHAPE Study Group

Published in European Heart Journal, Advanced Access, 28th May 2008 2008

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