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End-of-life options for patients with advanced heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20585999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Heart failure is a progressive disease with significant morbidity and mortality, but prognostication often is difficult. Many of the evidence-based therapies for heart failure provide symptomatic benefit, but may have intolerable side effects for patients with advanced disease. At the end of life, there is evidence of varying strengths for pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic relief of common symptoms like dyspnea, fatigue, pain, and depression. Patients also may benefit from inotropic therapy, ventricular assist devices, and hospice care. It is important for physicians to encourage patients to formulate advance directives, including decisions about do not resuscitate orders and deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and ventricular assist devices.
Judith Z Goldfinger; Eric D Adler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current heart failure reports     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1546-9549     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-19     Completed Date:  2010-10-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101196487     Medline TA:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  140-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1118, New York, NY 10029, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiotonic Agents / therapeutic use
Defibrillators, Implantable
Heart Failure / complications,  therapy*
Heart-Assist Devices
Hospice Care
Palliative Care / methods*
Resuscitation Orders
Terminal Care / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cardiotonic Agents

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