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ESC-CHF: guidelines for the aspirational and the practical
  1. A J B Brady1,
  2. P A Poole-Wilson2
  1. 1Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2National Heart and Lung Institute, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Adrian Brady
    Department of Medical Cardiology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK; a.j.brady{at}


The recently published guidelines by the European Society of Cardiology on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic heart failure are well worth reading, include important new recommendations and are reviewed here

  • ACE, angiotensin converting enzyme
  • AF, atrial fibrillation
  • ARB, angiotensin receptor blocker
  • CABG, coronary artery bypass grafting
  • CHF, chronic heart failure
  • CRT, cardiac resynchronisation therapy
  • ESC, European Society of Cardiology
  • ICD, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
  • LVEF, left ventricular ejection fraction
  • MI, myocardial infarction
  • NICE, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • NYHA, New York Heart Association
  • PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention
  • SIGN, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
  • chronic heart failure
  • ACE inhibitors
  • angiotensin receptor blockers
  • β blockers
  • diuretics

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