Effective use of diuretics, vasodilators, and inotropes to stabilize acute heart failure (AHF) relies on matching the most appropriately tailored therapy to specific clinical profiles. Some of the drugs may be harmful, and therefore the emphasis should be on patient safety and the attempt to minimize the deleterious effects of these therapies. To date, successful treatment has been limited because no agent has been shown to reduce postdischarge mortality or readmission rates, and patients frequently remain symptomatic after treatment. Ongoing research is needed to further examine these agents and to develop novel therapies to address the unmet needs of the patient who has AHF.
- Emergency department
- Heart failure
- Therapeutic options
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine