Supportive Care in Heart Failure

  • James Beattie Sarah Goodlin
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Heart failure occurs in almost epidemic proportions, placing a huge burden on both the healthcare system, and sufferers and their families. This can only rise over coming years as the ageing population, particularly in industrialized countries, increasingly suffers from heart failure and its related comorbidities. The care of this group of patients has evolved significantly over recent years as our knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of heart failure has developed. It has become evident that supportive care is integral to comprehensive heart failure care, and this book provides an evidence-based overview of heart failure aetiology, its management, and the supportive care required by patients throughout the course of their disease. Supportive Care in Heart Failure integrates the complexities of heart failure care, bridging knowledge bases from cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, general medicine and palliative care. The book reviews essential information about epidemiology and pathophysiology of heart failure, and evidence-based medical, device, surgical and interdisciplinary management. It addresses the evaluation and management of quality of life, common symptoms and problems associated with heart failure, and the holistic approach to supportive care throughout the course of the illness through the end of life. Prognostication, communication, and ethical decision making are reviewed in detail. Heart failure has traditionally presented a challenge to physicians, as a generally progressive condition with significant symptoms, a poor quality of life, and high mortality. But by applying the principles of palliative medicine, it is possible to offer a supportive care approach that synthesizes the experience of both the heart failure specialist and the palliative care physician, and offers the best possible quality of care to this group of patients.
1. An overview of supportive care in heart failure ; PART ONE - HEART FAILURE ; 2. The epidemiology of heart failure ; 3. Heart failure: pathophysiology ; 4. Heart failure-optimal pharmacological therapy ; 5. Device therapy for heart failure patients ; 6. Advanced heart failure: the role of the surgeon ; 7. Interdisciplinary care in heart failure ; PART 2: PATIENT SYMPTOMATIC BURDEN ; 8. Quality of life in heart failure ; 9. Dyspnoea ; 10. Sleep-disordered breathing in heart failure ; 11. Fatigue and exercise intolerance ; 12. Pain in heart failure patients ; 13. Cardiac cachexia ; 14. Cognitive impairment ; 15. Depression and anxiety in patients with chronic heart failure ; 16. Spiritual issues in heart failure ; 17. The elderly patient with heart failure ; 18. The course to death in heart failure ; 19. The last few days of life ; 20. Bereavement support for patients and families ; PART 3: PROGNOSTICATION AND COMMUNICATION ; 21. Mortality risk assessment and prognostication ; 22. Communication between clinicians and their heart failure patients and families ; 23. Decision-making in advanced heart failure ; 24. Ethical dilemmas in therapy withdrawal ; 25. Challenges of cultural diversity ; 26. Palliative care research in the face of uncertainty ; 27. Coping with patients' deaths
This book provides an important resource for cardiologists, cardiac nurses, cardiac surgeons and palliative care specialists as well as the generalist or gerontologist - indeed for all who manage patients with heart failure. * Anticancer research *
Uitgavejaar 2008
ISBN 9780198570288
Serie Supportive Care Series
Verschijningsdatum 17 jul. 2008
Omvang 508
Auteur(s) James Beattie Sarah Goodlin
Bindwijze Gebonden
Taal Engels
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