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Revista argentina de cardiología

versión On-line ISSN 1850-3748


BURGOS, LUCRECIA MARÍA; CORONEL, MARÍA LORENA  y  THIERER, JORGE. Attitudes and Clinical Practice in Heart Failure Among Physicians in Argentina. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2022, vol.90, n.3, pp.203-214.  Epub 01-Jun-2022. ISSN 1850-3748.


It is necessary to identify areas of improvement in the care of heart failure (HF) patients and thus implement educational interventions to optimize quality of care and their clinical outcomes.


The aim of this study was to evaluate attitudes, knowledge, confidence and care pathways of patients with HF among physicians in Argentina.


We conducted a cross-sectional study using a self-administered survey to evaluate clinical practice patterns, and attitudes/perceptions regarding the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of HF patients in the outpatient and inpatient setting. The survey respondents were physicians from 22 centers in Argentina who participated in a comprehensive educational program for the care of HF patients carried out between March and July 2021.


A total of 50 physicians were surveyed; mean age was 41±8 years and 86% were cardiologists. In patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, 24% of the respondents reporting starting with quadruple therapy; 88% chose beta-blockers, 72% dual angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors, 48% mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists and 34% sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors. Fifty percent of the survey respondents answered that they do not reach quadruple therapy. Fortyfour percent of physicians reported they felt very uncertain about the diagnosis of HF with preserved ejection fraction, and 46% considered relevant to evaluate the presence of anemia or iron deficiency


There are knowledge gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of HF, especially in the diagnosis of HF with preserved ejection fraction, and in the indication of quadruple therapy. This highlights the need for implementing educational strategies that focus on knowledge, confidence, and care pathways.

Palabras clave : Heart failure; Quality of care; Ambulatory Care; Ventricular Dysfunction; Argentina.

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