NICE issues new guidelines for patients with heart failure

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:179
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    All patients suspected of having heart failure should undergo echocardiography to diagnose the condition and should be offered angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors if they have left ventricular dysfunction, guidance issued this week by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) says.

    The guidance is designed to clarify the best practice for health professionals caring for adult patients who have or who are suspected of having heart failure. It recommends full evaluation of patients using 12 lead electrocardiography or testing for …

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