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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 982417, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/982417
Review Article

Primary Prevention of Heart Failure

Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

Received 25 June 2012; Accepted 25 July 2012

Academic Editors: C. Hassager and G. Moe

Copyright © 2012 Javed Butler. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Most heart failure research and quality improvement efforts are targeted at treatment and secondary prevention of patients with manifest heart failure. This is distinct from coronary disease where primary prevention has been a focus for over three decades. Given the current importance and the projected worsening of heart failure epidemiology, a more focused effort on prevention is urgently needed.