Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement

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OUP Oxford, Apr 5, 2012 - Medical - 216 pages
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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Contents

barriers to accessing supportive and palliative care
1
the origin of symptoms and rationale for treatment
9
3 Prognostication and disease trajectory
31
4 Communication in HF
41
5 Diagnosing endstage heart disease
59
6 Integrating supportive and palliative care
73
7 Optimizing management in endstage HF
87
8 Advance care planning ACP
103
10 Symptoms other than pain
141
11 Psychological and psychosocial aspects of HF
149
12 CPR and device therapy at the end of life
159
13 Care of the dying
169
14 Spiritual and religious care
179
15 Supporting carers
195
Index
211
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9 Management of pain
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Dr. Miriam Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at Hull-York Medical School (HYMS) and Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine to St. Catherine's hospice, Scarborough and Scarborough and District NHS Trust, UK. Dr. Karen Hogg is Consultant Cardiologist at Glasgow RoyalInfirmary and Golden Jubilee National Hospital, UK. Dr. James Beattie is Consultant Cardiologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, UK.

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