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How can heart failure with preserved ejection fraction be prevented?

Dr. Boris Arbit, MD
Internist

To prevent heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, doctors need to start screening and caring for people a lot more diligently and a lot earlier on, many years before the onset of the disorder. Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is very serious with a very poor prognosis.

One trial involved over 30,000 people assigned to various agents commonly used for blood pressure management—things like lisinopril, amlodipine and chlorthalidone. It was found that there was a statistically significant difference when a person was treated with chlorthalidone. Using chlorthalidone for blood pressure management in this population decreased the incidence of heart failure. It means that the people who were treated with this agent to manage their blood pressure did better. They did not go on to develop heart failure or developed it at a later age, at a later state.

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