<< Evidence-Based Hospital Management Of Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction

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If recognized early, patients can seek medical attention before the progression to severe decompensation, allowing for their symptoms to be managed in an outpatient setting and preventing a hospital admission. While practical in theory, patient education regarding when to seek care is challenging. The ability of patients to recognize, interpret, and appraise heart failure symptoms has been demonstrated to be limited as there is wide variability in time to symptom recognition from 13 hours to 16 days.

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