The successful management of patients with any acute condition involves early diagnosis, the identification of underlying causes, and the implementation of effective therapies in a timely manner, all while avoiding harm. All these factors are associated with better in-hospital and short-term prognosis.
This is particularly true in patients presenting acute heart failure (AHF), in whom prompt diagnosis and treatment have a pivotal role in therapeutic success and greatly influence prognosis. However, tools adopted for these purposes may be different and their choice should be guided by the underlying pathophysiological condition. Therefore, some information is mandatory before starting treatment and they should be easily available and rapidly obtainable.
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