Editor: Panagiotis Georgoulias

Frontiers in Heart Failure: Clinical Issues

Volume 1

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ISSN: 2468-8045 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-8053 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-376-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-375-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810837591160101

Introduction

Ischemic cardiomyopathy is considered as the main cause of heart failure in industrialized countries. The condition can occur at any age, but its prevalence increases with age. In general, careful evaluation of the patient's history and physical examination can provide useful information about the underlying causes. Several biomarkers and laboratory variables are very important parameters for physicians during the clinical decision making. Echocardiography along with other imaging and heart failure management techniques can provide key information to clinicians about these parameters. This information can be used to provide adequate medical interventions and improve patient health while reducing the risk of sudden death due to cardiac arrest.

This volume of Frontiers in Heart Failure brings forth information about several topics related to assessing the risk of heart failure and treating patients who may be at high risk. Chapters in this volume cover topics such as ischemia, echocardiography, pharmacotherapy, interventional techniques and device therapies. Novel therapies, such as gene and cell strategies are also covered in this volume.

Foreword 1

- Pp. i-ii (2)
George N. Sfakianakis
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Foreword 2

- Pp. iii-iv (2)
Javed Butler
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Preface

- Pp. v-vi (2)
Panagiotis A. Georgoulias
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List of Contributors

- Pp. vii-viii (2)
Panagiotis A. Georgoulias
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Definition, Epidemiology, Economic Cost and Health Policies

- Pp. 3-25 (23)
Gregory Giamouzis, John Skoularigis and Filippos Triposkiadis

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Basics of Cardiac Physiology

- Pp. 26-39 (14)
Isaac Aidonidis, Rodopi Stamatiou, Sotirios Zarogiannis, Chrissi Hatzoglou, Konstantinos Gourgoulianis and Paschalis-Adam Molyvdas

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Aetiology and Pathophysiology: Cellular and Molecular Alterations of Heart Failure

- Pp. 40-71 (32)
Filippos Triposkiadis, Gregory Giamouzis and John Skoularigis

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Gene Polymorphisms, Mutations and Epigenetics in Heart Failure

- Pp. 72-121 (50)
Daphne Koumbi, Constantina Sambani, George P. Patrinos and Panagoula Kollia

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Clinical Manifestations, Co-existing Diseases, Patients’ Investigation and Prognostication

- Pp. 122-172 (51)
John Skoularigis, Andreas Xanthopoulos, Gregory Giamouzis and Filippos Triposkiadis

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Laboratory Variables and Biochemical Markers

- Pp. 173-212 (40)
Christos A. Zivlas and Dennis V. Cokkinos

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Echocardiography in the Management of Patients with Heart Failure

- Pp. 213-231 (19)
Elias Tsougkos

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Medical Therapy of Heart Failure

- Pp. 232-249 (18)
Spyridon Katsanos and John T. Parissis

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Interventional Therapy and Device Therapy

- Pp. 250-308 (59)
Polychronis Antonitsis, Chrysovalantou Nikolaidou and Antonios Ziakas

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Novel Therapies for Heart Failure: The Gene and Cell Methods

- Pp. 309-351 (43)
Eleni Papanikolaou and Nicholas P. Anagnou

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Subject Index

- Pp. 352-361 (10)
Panagiotis A. Georgoulias
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