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Iyngkaran P.,Flinders University | Kangaharan N.,Royal Darwin Hospital | Zimmet H.,Heart Center The Alfred | Arstall M.,Lyell McEwin Hospital | And 12 more authors.
Current Cardiology Reviews | Year: 2016

Chronic heart failure (CHF) among Aboriginal/Indigenous Australians is endemic. There are also grave concerns for outcomes once acquired. This point is compounded by a lack of prospective and objective studies to plan care. To capture the essence of the presented topic it is essential to broadly understand Indigenous health. Key words such as ‘worsening’, ‘gaps’, ʼneed to do more’, ‘poorly studied’, or ‘future studies should inform’ occur frequently in contrast to CHF research for almost all other groups. This narrative styled opinion piece attempts to discuss future directions for CHF care for Indigenous Australians. We provide a synopsis of the problem, highlight the treatment gaps, and define the impediments that present hurdles in optimising CHF care for Indigenous Australians. © 2016 Bentham Science Publishers.

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