To determine how physicians manage heart failure patients with normal left ventricular systolic function, we assessed questionnaire responses from 684 physicians. Overall, 66%, 53%, and 34% obtain resting electrocardiograms, chest x-ray, and echocardiography, respectively, in patients with normal function, versus 75%, 66%, and 41% in patients with decreased function. Beta blocking agents and calcium antagonists are prescribed for patients with normal function. For those with decreased function, digitalis, angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors, and dietary sodium and physical activity restriction are used.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1998|