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    Framingham Heart Failure Diagnostic Criteria

    Diagnoses heart failure based on major and minor criteria.
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    INSTRUCTIONS

    Select minor criteria ONLY if they cannot be explained by another comorbidity, e.g. dyspnea on exertion secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Why Use

    Patients with signs and symptoms of heart failure (HF).

    Minor criteria should only be selected if they cannot be explained by another comorbidity, e.g. dyspnea on exertion secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    • Heart failure is a clinical diagnosis. The Framingham HF Diagnostic Criteria offer an acceptable set of criteria to make the diagnosis.
    • Other diagnostic criteria include the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Classification.
    Major Criteria

    2+ required for positive diagnosis (or 1, plus 2 minor)

    Minor Criteria

    2+ required for positive diagnosis (or 2 major)

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    Treat patient for heart failure. Consider referral to a cardiologist.

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    Dr. William Kannel
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