The Philippine Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) on the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) for Primary Care Physicians is out.
Local cardiology has made another significant step towards advancement.
The CPGs address the needs of one village, the patients and their families, cardiologists, primary care physicians, and other healthcare professionals.
Designed as the doctors’ (from diverse disciplines) comprehensive reference, the CPGs, a collaboration that utilized evidence-based approach, will equip the medical and health practitioners with the knowledge and tools to effectively diagnose and manage HFrEF patients.
Having no or limited access to specialized HF care is a harsh reality among the ordinary wage earner Pinoy and in rural areas that don’t have a cardiologist and/or an internist.
This set of HF guidelines is a boon.
The dynamic Philippine CPGs Task Force on HF is led by Philippine Heart Association (PHA) past Presidents Drs. Maria Teresa Abola and Gilbert Vilela, with PHA Council on HF Chair Dr. Wilbert Allan Gumatay, and PHA National HF Network Director Dr. Erlyn Demerre as members.
Initiated by the Department of Health and University of the Philippines Manila National Institutes of Health-Institute of Clinical Epidemiology, the new CPGs’ implementing agency is the Philippine Heart Center (PHC). A PHA-accredited cardiology training institution, PHC is the first and only cardiovascular specialty hospital in the Philippines.
Chronic HFrEF affects millions of Filipinos, often leading to debilitating symptoms and frequent hospitalizations. Early prognosis and management are crucial in reducing healthcare costs.
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