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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2010, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (1): 7-14.doi: 10.3736/jcim20100102

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Progress in treatment of chronic heart failure in Western medicine and treatment strategies in traditional Chinese medicine

Chang-xun Chen,Jian-ping Gao, Qi Wu, Juan Guo, Wei-liang Gu   

  1. Department of Pharmacology, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, China
  • Received:2009-09-04 Accepted:2009-10-18 Online:2010-01-20 Published:2010-01-15
  • Contact: Chang-xun Chen

The concept of modern medicine in treating chronic heart failure (CHF) has changed markedly in recent years. To improve the quality of life and prolong life, the treatment goal is no longer just temporary improvement of symptoms, more importantly, is to prevent and delay the occurrence and development of ventricular remodeling. Long-term chronic over-activation of sympathetic system, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and other neuroendocrine factors promotes myocardial remodeling, increases myocardial injury and deteriorates cardiac function. Despite short-term use can significantly improve the blood flow dynamics, long-term use of β-adrenergic receptor stimulators and phosphodiesterase inhibitors does not prolong life, but increases the rate of sudden death caused by cardiac arrhythmia. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and β-blockers have become the preferred drugs in treating chronic heart failure. In fact, after long-term use, β-blockers can significantly improve ventricular remodeling, enhance ventricular function and reduce the incidence of sudden death of patients with CHF. In traditional Chinese medicine practice, short-term use of drugs for warming yang and reinforcing qi can improve symptoms of CHF, but long-term use may have adverse effects, for these medicines can stimulate sympathetic system. Early treatment with medicines of cold and cool property may be more favorable to patients with CHF, except the advanced patients who need special intervention. Eliminating heat and nourishing yin may play more active role in controlling the occurrence and development of CHF. Drugs with good efficacy and value in treating CHF may be developed from the Chinese herbal medicines with eliminating heat and nourishing yin property.

Key words: Chronic heart failure, Ventricular remodeling, Neuroendocrine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Treatment, Drugs,Chinese herbal

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