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JACC. Heart failure

"Triple therapy" of heart failure with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, beta-blocker, and aldosterone antagonist may triple survival time: shouldn't we tell patients?


PMID 25301161

Abstract

Prescription and adherence to medical therapy for heart failure are disappointing despite convincing randomized controlled trial (RCT) evidence for angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition, beta-blockade, and aldosterone antagonism. In this study, we report an imbalanced approach amongst clinicians, who describe focusing during patient consultations on perceived risks of therapy rather than survival benefits. Only one-half of clinicians mention increased lifespan, and very few suggest to the patient how large this gain might be. We calculate from the available RCT data that, for patients whose lifespan is limited by heart failure, triple therapy triples lifespan.