1st Edition

Heart Failure Updates

Edited By John J. V. McMurray, Marc Pfeffer Copyright 2005

    Given the ever-advancing development of new pharmacological agents to treat heart conditions, clinicians could use a practical report on newly available treatments. The authors here address that need, profiling every pharmacological therapy in use to date for the treatment of heart failure. Renowned as experts in the field, these prominent academicians give incisive commentary on the state-of-the-art in heart failure, as their text is based on their personal experience with these drugs. Heart Failure Updates is a practical, information-packed reference that is essential for cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and associated specialists, particularly clinical biochemists, clinical pharmacologists, and epidemiologists.

    Anticytokine Therapy: What Went Wrong?
    Heart Failure Due to Diastolic Dysfunction: Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment
    Omaptrilat: The Potential of Vasopeptidase Inhibition
    Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: ELITE, ValHEFT and Where Next?
    Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure: Aetiological, Prognostic and Therapeutic Considerations
    Endothelin Receptor Antagonists: Will They Join the Therapeutic Armamentarium?
    Betablockers: Mandatory for All?
    Aldosterone Receptor Blockade: Is There an Opportunity for Further Blockade in Patients with Heart Failure Treated with Standard Therapy Including an ACE-Inhibitor and a Beta Adrenergic Blocking Agent?
    Nurse Intervention: Can Our Patients Do Without It?
    Innovative Surgery: A New Dawn in Heart Failure?
    The Era of Devices? Biventricular Pacing and ICDs
    New Treatments for Heart Failure: Successes and Failures
    Metabolic Co-morbid Conditions in Chronic Heart Failure: Diabetes and Hypercholesterolemia
    BNP: A Blood Test for the Diagnosis of Heart Failure and Monitoring of Its Treatment?


    John JV McMurray, MD, FRCP
    Professor of Medical Cardiology
    Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
    Western Infirmary
    And MRC Clinical Research Initiative in Heart Failure
    University of Glasgow
    Glasgow, UK

    Marc A Pfeffer, MD, PhD
    Cardiovascular Division
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Boston MA, USA