The Management of Co-Morbidities in Patients with Heart Failure – Lung Disorders

Andrew Coats


The 2016 ESC/HFA HF guidelines carry an important section on the treatments of co- morbidities in HF. One of the most common and most confusing, in terms of overlapping symptoms and interfering treatments is the presence of significant lung disorders. In this article is reviewed what the recent guidelines say about the management of lung disorders in the setting of HF, both HFrEF and HFpEF and expand on some of the practical advice.


Cardiology; Heart failure; Lung disease; Guidelines

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