At report today, Goop gave us a true pearl about his simplified approach to determining the etiology of heart failure. He pointed out that there are 4 main causes of heart failure – after that, there is a long list of other causes that are much less common (and not worth committing to memory!).
He suggested that we remember the top 4 causes, and feel comfortable looking up the rest when they become relevant.
The top 4 causes of heart failure are:
- Valvular disease
Remember those four, and if the presentation does not fit, then go on to consider alternative explanations!