Ivabradine for the treatment of heart failure

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Several studies have underlined the beneficial effect of a lower heart rate on mortality in patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. In this context, the following review article will evaluate the benefit of a combination of the currently recommended pharmacological therapy in chronic heart failure (including β-blockers at optimal doses) with the selective heart rate reducing agent ivabradine. A summary of the basic pharmacology of ivabradine will precede the discussion of its efficacy and safety in clinical trials, as well as clinical implications.

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