Acute Heart Failure

Welcome to the acute heart failure section of the Acute and Advanced Heart Failure Knowledge Centre.

This section includes content relating to the epidemiology and pathophysiology of the disease, how to recognise and diagnose acute heart failure, and a focus on some of the current treatment options available.

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Epidemiology

Epidemiology

Read about the prevalence, clinical classification, hospitalisation and risk following cardiac surgery for patients with acute heart failure.

Pathophysiology

Pathophysiology

Discover the pathophysiology of acute heart failure for an explanation of the pressure-volume relationship and the various contributing disease factors.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms

Learn about the heterogeneity of acute heart failure, its signs and its symptoms, which are difficult to separate from exacerbations of existing chronic disease.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

Discover the various methods of confirming an acute heart failure diagnosis such as X-ray, echocardiography and a range of laboratory tests.

Prognosis

Prognosis

Read about scoring systems, mortality rates and the numerous factors which are associated with prognosis, quality of life and hospital admissions for patients with acute heart failure.

Treatment

Treatment

Explore the treatment options for acute heart failure in which non-pharmacological treatment may be used to support the pharmacological approach.