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In the simplest terms what is heart failure?

Cardiac output is inadequate to provide the oxygen needed in the body
--decrease in cardiac output results from a decline in stroke volume that is due to systolic failure, diastolic failure or a combo of both


What is systolic HF?

Both the mechanical pumping action (Contractility) and ejection fraction of the heart are reduced
--typical of acute failure, esp following an MI


What is diastolic HF?

Stiffening of the heart muscles and loss adequate relaxation leads to abnormal ventricular filling
--stiffening due to ventricular hypertrophy


According to the American Heart Association, what stage do you get symptomatic heart failure?

Stage C
--structural heart disease, dyspnea, and fatigue, impaired exercise tolerance
--stage D is end stage heart failure


Each card will go through cardiac performance, which is based on 4 primary factors. The first is preload, what is preload and how is it changed in HF?

Force stretching the ventricles
--increased in HF bc of increased blood volume and venous tone.
--increased ventricle stretching --- increases the preload ---increases force of contraction
Preload can be too high and result in pulmonary congestion due to volume overload, therefore stroke volume decreases


The second primary factor of cardiac performance is afterload, what is this and how is it changed by HF?

Force which ventricles must act against
--dependent on vascular resistance
As cardiac output falls in HF, an increase in vascular peripheral resistance occurs


The third primary factor of cardiac performance is contractility, what is this and how is it changed by HF?

positive inotropic agents are capable of producing some increase in contractility


The fourth primary factor of cardiac performance is Heart Rate, what is this and how is it changed by HF?

As the heart fails and stroke volume diminished
--increase in heart rate occurs due to activation of B1


Explain cardiac remodeling

Response of the heart to sustained decrease in cardiac output --- myocardial hypertrophy occurs
---this increase in muscle mass helps maintain cardiac performance
--overtime hypertrophy leads to ischemic changes, impairment of diastolic filling, and alterations in ventricular geometry.
Remolding therefore is just slow changes in the heart due to a stressed myocardium


There are compensatory responses that occur during HF, which involves what two mechanisms?

1. Sympathetic Nervous System: activation of B1 to increase HR and contractility and alpha 1 to increase peripheral resistance and vasoconstriction
2. Renin Angiotensin-Aldosterone System: decrease cardiac output = decrease in blood to kidneys= activation of renin release = increase in peripheral vascular resistance and Na/H20 retention
--also increased ADH and ANP release


What is the net effect of these compensatory responses in heart failure?

Cardiac Stimulation
Increased Blood Volume
--try to maintain cardiac output
--however they are responsible for the symptoms of HF and contribute to the progression of the disease.


What is inotropy, chronotropy, dromotropy, and lusitropy?

Positive Inotropy: increase in cardiac contractility
Positive Chronotropy: increase in heart rate
Positive dromotropy: increase in conduction velocity
Positive lusitropy: increase in rate of relaxation


What are the goals of treatment in HF?

1. Reducing symptoms and slowing progression as much as possible during stable periods
2. Managing acute episodes of decompensated failure


What drugs are the mainstays in long term treatment of HF?

Reduction in ventricular wall stress
Inhibition of the renin system (ACEI, vasodilator, of Aldosterone Antagonist) or SNS (B-blocker)
--this can decrease cardiac remodeling, attenuate disease progression and decrease morbidity.


What are ideal drugs for systolic heart failure?

Increase in stroke volume and reduction in preload and afterload
--there is a loss of contractility due to dilated ventricles leading to a decreased stroke volume --leading to a low ejection fraction
--preload is increased due to compensatory increases in blood volume


What are ideal drugs for diastolic heart failure?

Impaired ventricular filling caused by hypertrophied ventricles or by impaired ventricular relaxation
1. Diuretics: treat pulmonary edema
2. Calcium channel blockers: improve ventricular relaxation and reduce heart rate (do not use in systolic heart failure due to inotropy and stroke volume reduction)
3. Beta-blockers: similar beneficial effects as calcium channel blockers
--positive inotropes are not used due to the fact that increasing inotropes can lead to increased outflow obstruction


In general what are the drugs used in heart failure?

1. Diuretics (reduce blood volume)
2. Vasodilators (reduce peripheral resistance)
3. Cardioinhibitory drugs (Reduce heart rate and contractility)
4. Inotropic drugs (stimulate contractility)
5. Inotropic Agents used in acute cardiac failure


These next cards will go through the stage of heart failure and the recommended drugs. Stage A (high risk for developing heart failure)

Goals: identifying and modifying risk factors to prevent structural heart disease and HF. Treat hypertension and lipid disorders, encourage lifestyle modifications
Routine Drugs: none
Drugs: ACEI/ARB for antihypertensive therapy
Devices: none


Stage B ( Asymptomatic heart failure), what are the goals and drugs?

Goals: Minimizing additional injury and preventing or slowing remolding process
Drugs: none
Drugs for patient: ACEI or ARB and Beta Blocker if previous MI or reduced ejection fraction
Devices for selected patients: defibrillators


Stage C ( Symptomatic heart failure), what are the goals, and drugs?

Goals: Minimizing additional injury and preventing or slowing remolding process
Drugs: Diuretics, ACEI and Beta-Blockers
Drugs for patients: if symptoms do not improve add: aldosterone antagonist, ARB, digoxin and/or hydralazine/isosorbide dinitrate
Devices for patients: biventricular pacing, implantable defibrillators


Finally stage D ( refractory end stage heart failure), what are the goals and drugs ?

Goals: appropriate measures under stages a,b, & c.
--Should be considered for specialized therapies, including mechanical circulatory support, continuous IV positive inotropic therapy, cardiac transplantation or hospice care.


Starting with the recommended drugs is Diuretics. They are recommended in all HF patients with evidence of fluid retention. What diuretics are used?

Thiazide Diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide)
--weak diuretics and re used alone infrequently with HF. Chosen over loop diuretics in patients with mild fluid retention and elevated BP
Loop Diuretics (furosemide)
--necessary to restore and maintain euvolemia in HF. Maintain their effectiveness in the presence of impaired renal function
Aldosterone Antagonists (spironolactone): diuretic effects are small, used instead for their beneficial effects (attenuation of cardiac fibrosis and remodeling)


What is the primary use for diuretics in heart failure?

Reduce pulmonary and/or systemic congestion and edema and associated clinical symptoms
--reduce venous pressure and ventricular preload


Next drugs used in heart failure are vasodilators. First up are the inhibitors of Angiotensin, ACEI, how does this drug help heart failure?

Reduce peripheral resistance therefore reduce afterload and preload
Reduce Aldosterone secretion therefore reduce Na and H20 retention
-All stages of HF should receive ACEI


The next inhibitor of Angiotensin are ARBs (candesartan and valsartan), how does this drug help heart failure?

Only use ARBs in patients with A,B,C HF who are intolerant to ACEI
--ARBs may still be considered in patients who remain symptomatic despite conventional therapy


The last inhibitor of Angiotensin are Renin Inhibitors, how does this help with heart failure?

--efficacy similar to that of ACE inhibitors


Moving on to the direct vasodilators, Hydralazine and Isosorbide Dinitrate, what is their clinical application?

Given together: Shown to help African American with moderately severe to severe HF
--need to add to the standard therapy
Can also be first line in patients unable to tolerate ACE inhibitors or ARBs due to renal insufficiency or hyperkalemia


What is the MOA in Hydralazine and Isosorbide Dinitrate/

These drugs are combined orally due to complementary hemodynamic actions
--nitrate is a vasodilator therefore reduce preload
--hydralazine is a vasodilator that acts on arterial smooth muscle to reduce peripheral vascular resistance and increase stroke volume and cardiac output


What are the adverse effects of this direct vasodilator combined therapy?

Reflex tachycardia and Na/H20 retention


Moving on to the cardioinhibitory drugs, the first are the beta blockers, Carvedilol and Metoprolol. What is the clinical application of these drugs?

Tx of HTN, Angina, MI, Arrhythmias, and HF
HF: use beta blockers in all stable patients with HF as well as stage B patients
Diastolic Failure: number of beneficial factors including slowing heart rate, reducing myocardial oxygen demand and reducing blood pressure


What is the MOA of Carvedilol and Metoprolol?

B-blockers block excessive, chronic sympathetic influences on the heart


What are the adverse effects and contraindications in Carvedilol and Metorprolol?

Withdrawal effects: unstable angina, MI or even death
CVS effects: bradycardia, reduced exercise capacity, heart failure, hypotension, AV block
--if given with a calcium channel blockers this can lead to negative inotropic effects
Disturbed lipid metabolism
CNS effects
Reactive airway disease, patients with sinus bradycardia or AV block