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January 2018 doi:10.5837/bjc.2018.002 Online First

Variability in use of IV nitrates and diuretics in acute HF: a ‘virtual patient’ clinical decision-making study

Alison Carr, Fosca De Iorio, Martin R Cowie

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Introduction Acute heart failure (AHF) syndromes are the leading cause of hospitalisation in patients over 65 years of age in the UK, accounting for 67,000 admissions per year.1 The immediate management of AHF focuses on symptom relief and stabilisation of the patient’s haemodynamic profile – traditionally achieved with a combination of oxygen, diuretics and nitrate therapy.1-5 Recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE),1 and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC),5 have highlighted the poor-quality evidence base for many of these interventions.3,4,6 The ESC guidelines (updated in 2016) state th

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Contrast enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance in the decision making for revascularisation

Khaled Alfakih, Kate Pointon, Thomas Mathew

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Figure 1. A short-axis slice of the mid left ventricle illustrating contrast enhancement in the anterior segment (25% transmurality – viable), anterolateral segment (50–75% transmurality – non-viable), inferolateral segment (50% transmurality – potentially viable) Case 1 Mr K P is a 45-year-old man who presented to our hospital with symptoms of exertional breathlessness. His LV function was found to be severely impaired on echocardiography and it was initially thought that he had ‘dilated cardiomyopathy’. As he had a strong family history of coronary artery disease and was an ex-smoker, he underwent X-ray coronary angiography. He

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