We screened more than 880 studies on Heart Failure this month. These are the most important.
New guidelines on treatment-related heart failure in cancer survivors
- Cancer care has improved, bringing another set of challenges, including prevention and management of treatment-related cardiac dysfunction.
- These guidelines (available for free from ASCO) offer guidance on which patients are at risk for treatment-related dysfunction, as well as when to order echocardiography or referral to a cardiologist.
HF risk models offer no special MAGGIC at predicting individual mortality
- Though current heart failure guidelines make a B-level recommendation for use of risk models to help guide clinical decision making, this cohort study suggests these models are OK for population-level predictions, but not individual ones.
- The validated SHFM and MAGGIC calculators both failed to predict 1-year mortality in HF patients, with sensitivities of 0.5% and 3.1%, respectively.
Are you asking your female patients with HF about urinary incontinence distress?
Source: Int J Clin Pract
- Many women with heart failure develop urinary incontinence, which treatment can exacerbate.
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