Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement

Paperback | May 2, 2012

byMiriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie

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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 withadvanced 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 tointegrate 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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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 ...

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 Royal Infirmary and Golden Jubilee National Hospital, UK....
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:May 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199299307

ISBN - 13:9780199299300

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Table of Contents

1. The challenge of patients with heart failure: barriers in accessing supportive and palliative care2. The physiology of patients with heart failure: the origin of symptoms and rationale for treatment3. Prognostication and disease trajectory4. Communication in heart failure5. Diagnosing end stage heart disease6. Integrating supportive and palliative care7. Optimising management in end stage heart failure8. Advance care planning9. Management of pain10. Symptoms other than pain11. Psychological and psychosocial aspects of heart failure12. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and device therapy at the end of life13. Care of the dying14. Spiritualty and religious care15. Supporting carers