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    ACC/AHA Heart Failure Staging

    Describes stages of heart failure and provides recommendations for therapy by stage.
    When to Use
    Why Use
    • Patients with known heart failure.
    • Patients at risk for heart failure.
    • Developed jointly by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) to complement, but not replace, the more widely-used New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional classification.
    • Based on expert consensus.
    • Matches stage to treatment options, unlike other classification systems.
    • Other heart failure classification systems include Forrester Class and NYHA Class.
    • Unlike other classification systems, the ACC/AHA stages include patients at risk for heart failure and corresponding management options.


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    Dr. Sharon Hunt

    About the Creator

    Sharon Hunt, MD, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University as well as the Med Center Line. She is a member of the Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Hunt's research focuses on cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and myocardial infarction and is a co-author on many ACC/AHA guidelines.

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