Fast Five Quiz: Management of Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure

Jeffrey J. Hsu, MD


March 03, 2021

Figure 1. Iron deficient red blood cells.

According to guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) as well as joint guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA), all patients with newly diagnosed heart failure should be tested for iron deficiency. When iron deficiency is present, appropriate treatment should be initiated.

Practical recommendations from the ESC suggest that clinicians consider re-evaluating iron status in patients with existing chronic heart failure one to two times per year. Additionally, clinicians should consider evaluating iron status in patients with chronic heart failure who are symptomatic despite receiving optimal heart failure medications.

Learn more about iron deficiency in patients with heart failure.


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