Heart failure has a poor prognosis despite the advances in pharmacological treatment. The utilization of non-pharmacological treatment with appropriate indications significantly improves the quality of life and life expectancy of these patients. Cardiac resynchronization therapy with biventricular pacemaker has a clinically proven efficacy In the treatment of heart failure associated with intraventricular dyssynchrony. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators decrease the mortality from sudden cardiac death. Heart transplantation is needed in cases refractory to therapy. There are several other non-pharmacological treatment approaches, including mechanical circulatory assist devices, total artificial heart and ultrafiltration, whose routine application is not recommended due to limited clinical experience, but the initial results are promising.
|Translated title of the contribution||Non-pharmacological treatment of chronic heart failure|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|State||Published - Jul 2007|
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