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Expert Recommendations to Bridge Gaps in Heart Failure Patient Support in the Middle East and Africa Region [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2024; 28(1): 2-18 | DOI: 10.14744/AnatolJCardiol.2023.3517

Expert Recommendations to Bridge Gaps in Heart Failure Patient Support in the Middle East and Africa Region

Hadi N. Skouri1, Yüksel Çavuşoğlu2, Ahmed Bennis3, Eric Klug4, Elijah N. Ogola5, Feras Bader6, Hilal Bahjet Al Saffar7, Hany Ragy8, Khaldoon A. Alhumood9, Magdy Abdelhamid10, Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz11, Ramzi Tabbalat12
1Department of Cardiology, Sheikh Shakbout Medical City-Mayo Clinic, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Türkiye
3Department of Cardiology, The Ibn Rochd University Hospital Center, Casablanca, Morocco
4Division of Cardiology, Netcare Sunninghill, Sunward Park Hospitals, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of the Witwatersrand and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
5Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
6Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University Section of Heart Failure and Transplant, Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
7International Advisor, RCP for Iraq, Chair, RCP Iraq Members and Fellows Network Head, Scientific Committee, Iraqi Red Crescent Society Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
8Department of Cardiology, National Heart Institute, Cairo, Egypt
9Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Unit, Chest Diseases Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait City, Kuwait
10Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
11Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Türkiye
12Department of Cardiology, Abdali Medical Center, Amman, Jordan

Heart failure (HF) remains a serious health and socioeconomic problem in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The age-standardized prevalence rate for HF in the MEA region is higher compared to countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Also cardiovascular-related deaths remain high compared to their global counterparts. Moreover, in MEA, 66% of HF readmissions are elicited by potentially preventable factors, including delay in seeking medical attention, nonadherence to HF medication, suboptimal discharge planning, inadequate follow-up, and poor social support. Patient support in the form of activation, counseling, and caregiver education has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with HF. A multidisciplinary meeting with experts from different countries across the MEA region was convened to identify the current gaps and unmet needs for patient support for HF in the region. The panel provided insights into the real-world challenges in HF patient support and contributed strategic recommendations for optimizing HF care.

Keywords: Heart failure, HF patient support, Middle East and Africa

Hadi N. Skouri, Yüksel Çavuşoğlu, Ahmed Bennis, Eric Klug, Elijah N. Ogola, Feras Bader, Hilal Bahjet Al Saffar, Hany Ragy, Khaldoon A. Alhumood, Magdy Abdelhamid, Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz, Ramzi Tabbalat. Expert Recommendations to Bridge Gaps in Heart Failure Patient Support in the Middle East and Africa Region. Anatol J Cardiol. 2024; 28(1): 2-18

Corresponding Author: Hadi N. Skouri
Manuscript Language: English

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