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Supportive Care in Heart Failure$
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James Beattie and Sarah Goodlin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570288.001.0001

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The Course to Death in Heart Failure

The Course to Death in Heart Failure

(p.341) Chapter 18 The Course to Death in Heart Failure
Supportive Care in Heart Failure

Jeffrey Teuteberg

Winifred G Teuteberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by considering the mode of death in patients with heart failure (HF). Death from progressive systolic HF is discussed. Prediction models have been developed to assist in risk stratifying patients with HF. The chapter also addresses the inotrope dependent and transplant eligible patients. It then shows the studies of patients at the end-of-life and diastolic HF. Barriers to supportive care and supportive care and the course of illness in HF are described as well. To sum up, supportive care may likely benefit patients throughout the course of HF, even as early as the time of diagnosis. Ideally, this would involve an ongoing accessibility to and reimbursement for supportive care resources throughout the course of the illness in combination with strong communication between the various clinical disciplines caring for these patients.

Keywords:   heart failure, death, prediction models, supportive care, illness

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