Chronic ventricular dysfunction in an elderly patient population can rapidly progress and lead to congestive heart disease and subsequent hospitalisation. This was the situation faced in this real-world clinical case. Take a look at the infographic to see this patient’s treatment journey and how effective management resulted in improved cardiac function and improved quality of life.
Symptomatic heart failure due to chronic ventricular dysfunction
A 94-year-old man with known heart failure presented at the emergency department with abdominal pain. It became apparent he needed surgery, but could his heart withstand the stresses of it? How would you manage this patient’s situation?
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An 83 year-old male has been rushed to hospital due to increased shortness of breath and abdominal distension. He has a history of chronic heart failure and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. How would you treat this patient?