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Palliative care for the terminal heart failure patient.
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PMID:  24640063     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Heart failure is a chronic disease afflicting millions of patients worldwide. Advances in treatment have allowed sufferers to enjoy overall prolonged survival and enhanced quality of life. Yet, a consequence of these therapeutic successes is that more patients survive to end-stage disease, with severe symptoms, poor quality of life, and no options available to prolong their survival reasonably. End-stage heart failure patients require a comprehensive palliative approach to care during their final months, with treatment goals focusing on symptom relief. Often, specific heart failure therapies can further this cause and should be administered when appropriate to alleviate specific symptoms, while other general palliative measures should also be considered as with other terminal patients. End-of-life palliative strategies must conform to accepted principles of ethical care. Constant communication with patients and families is essential to achieve best treatment goals for this growing segment of the population.
Walter L Beard; R Craig Long; Stephen A Geraci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0026-6396     ISO Abbreviation:  J Miss State Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-03-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505622     Medline TA:  J Miss State Med Assoc     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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