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Heart Failure
From Advanced Disease to Bereavement
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Excellent end of life care for people with heart failure is challenging but possible. Failure to address this aspect of care has serious consequences for patients, their families, clinicians and the use of health resources.

Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement illustrates the complexity and importance of end of life care for patients with advanced heart failure.

This book is a pocket reference for everyday use in the clinic, ward or home visit for all doctors, nurses and AHPs caring for people with advanced heart failure.

It outlines the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure, summarises standard pharmacological and device therapy, and sets the context of the challenges resulting from an unpredictable course of disease. In easily digestible summaries, this book presents practical advice about how and when to integrate a palliative care approach alongside standard heart failure management, how to communicate honestly in the face of uncertainty, the rationalisation of medication and device therapies at the
end of life, symptom control, care for the dying, and care after death.


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ISBN-13: 9780199299300
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: April, 2012
Pages: 288
Weight: 120g
Availability: Manufactured on demand
Subcategories: Cardiovascular Medicine, Palliative Medicine
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This pocket-sized OUP Specialist Handbook provides a wealth of information about the supportive and palliative care of patients with heart failure. . . I was impressed by the amount of information, clearly set out in bullet-point lists, and by the Table of Contents and the system of headings which make that information accessible. A comprehensive approach to the psychological and psychosocial needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers is unique and presented in easy-to-read summaries. This is a useful tool for any professional working with clients in heart failure. This is a clearly structured and transparently written guidebook directed at medical, nursing and allied professional specialists in heart failure, a more general cardiology population and palliative care staff. It aims to guide the identification of advanced heart failure and advise on its holistic management. Have the authors achieved their aim in producing of valuable practical 'pocket' reference? To me they have clearly succeeded in this, with a clear concise guide to the complexities of advanced heart failure, which should be a valuable resource to all those involved in the care of patients with this condition.