VA Report: A practical approach to thinking about heart failure

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:

  • CAD
  • HTN
  • Valvular disease
  • Toxins/EtOH

Remember those four, and if the presentation does not fit, then go on to consider alternative explanations!

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