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Diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in primary health care among elderly patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, with special reference to use of echocardiography
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2003 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, ISSN 0281-3432, E-ISSN 1502-7724, Vol. 21, no 2, 96-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective-The aim of the present study was to describe how the diagnosis of heart failure (HF) was assessed, aetiology and management in elderly patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) in primary health care, with special reference to use of echocardiography. Design-Descriptive retrospective investigation. Setting-Ronneby and Karlskrona communities, both situated on the Swedish south-east coast, 28,600 and 60,600 inhabitants, respectively. Patients-279 patients with NIDDM, mean age 77 years (range 70-85). Main outcome measures-Prevalence, aetiology, diagnostic procedures and management of HF. Results-The majority of patients were given the diagnosis of HF mainly as a result of clinical examination, ECG and chest X-ray, or of hospitalisation for HF. The diagnosis of HF by the primary care physicians was based on an objective evaluation of cardiac function in 8% of the patients. Hypertension was the predominant associated disease, followed by ischaemic heart disease (IHD). Therapy included diuretics (91%), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (43%) and digoxin (53%). Conclusion-There is still a gap between current management of HF in primary care and guidelines, particularly in the case of diagnosis that is not generally based on an objective evaluation of cardiac function.

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OSLO: TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS , 2003. Vol. 21, no 2, 96-98 p.
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heart failure, diabetes mellitus, echocardiography, treatment, primary health care
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Nursing Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8189DOI: 10.1080/02813430310001699ISI: 000182821300008Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo67FD05FE19D6BEBEC12575B00020DC22OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-8189DiVA: diva2:835878
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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