Background: Elderly patients are underrepresented in clinical trials but comprise the majority of heart failure patients. Data on age-specific use of heart failure therapy are limited. The European Society of Cardiology heart failure guidelines provide no age-specific treatment recommendations. We investigated practice-based heart failure management in a large registry at heart failure outpatient clinics. Design and methods: We studied 8351 heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients at 34 Dutch outpatient clinics between 2013 and 2016. The mean age was 72.3 11.8 years and we divided age into three categories: less than 60 years (13.9%); 60–74 years (36.0%); and 75 years and over (50.2%). Results: Elderly heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients (75 years) received significantly fewer betablockers (77.8% vs. 84.2%), renin–angiotensin system inhibitors (75.2% vs. 89.7%), mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (50.6% vs. 59.6%) and ivabradine (2.9% vs. 9.3%), but significantly more diuretics (88.1% vs. 72.6%) compared to patients aged less than 60 years (Pfor all trends< 0.01). Moreover, the prescribed target dosages were significantly lower in elderly patients. Also, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (18.9% vs. 44.1%) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy device (14.6% vs. 16.7%) implantation rates were significantly lower in elderly patients. A similar trend in drug prescription was observed in patients with heart failure with mid-range ejection fraction as in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Conclusion: With increasing age, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients less often received guidelinerecommended medication prescriptions and also in a lower dosage. In addition, a lower percentage of implantable

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Keywords Heart failure, HFrEF, guideline adherence, age, treatment
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/2047487319835042, hdl.handle.net/1765/121064
Journal European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Citation
Veenis, J.F., Brunner-La Rocca, H.P., Linssen, G.C.M., Geerlings, P.R., van Gent, M. W. F., Aksoy, I., … Brugts, J.J. (2019). Age differences in contemporary treatment of patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 26(13), 1399–1407. doi:10.1177/2047487319835042