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Characteristics, Treatment and Short-term Survival of Patients with Heart Failure in a Cardiology Private Practice in Jamaica

A retrospective analysis of outpatients with heart failure revealed rates of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and β blocker use similar to those achieved in recent randomized trials. Short-term survival was high.


Background: Randomized clinical trials have demonstrated improvement in mortality with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), β blockers and aldosterone antagonists. The use of these lifesaving
treatments remain inadequate.

Aim: To determine the clinical features, aetiology, treatment and short-term survival of heart failure in a cardiology private practice in Jamaica.

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e-Published: 01 Jul, 2013
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