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Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: New Strategies for Improving Outcomes

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  • Heart failure can be caused by chronic conditions (eg, uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes) or an acute event (eg, coronary ischemia). As a result, structural remodeling occurs that can impair systolic contraction or diastolic relaxation.
  • Notable examination findings in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) include respiratory distress, altered mental status, rales or decreased breath sounds at the bases, jugular venous distension, murmur or an S3 gallop, and pitting lower extremity edema.

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Emily Singer Fisher, MD; Boyd Burns, DO, FACEP, FAAEM

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May 1, 2017

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