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March 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:15

Correspondence: Anaemia in CHF

Mohammed Shamim Rahman, Matthew Pavitt, TP Chua

Abstract

Anaemia in chronic heart failure: what constitutes optimal investigation and treatment? Dear Sirs, We read with interest the recent supplement on anaemia in heart failure patients.1 Since the publication by Bolger et al.2 on the benefits of intravenous iron therapy in chronic heart failure (CHF), we have been screening for anaemia and iron deficiency in this cohort. We actively treat these patients based on the criteria of a haemoglobin level less than 12 g/dL, already on optimal conventional heart failure therapy, New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II symptoms or worse, and a ferritin of less than 100 μg/L. We were previously using an

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