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 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 edited by james beattie and sarah goodlin supportive care reviews current knowledge of heart failure to assist in developing evidence based heart failure care discusses common problems in this group of patients and comprehensive management throughout the course of the disease. 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. Abstract heart failure is the only cardiac syndrome still rising in prevalence even though heart failure severely affects quality of life and has a high mortality rate patients with heart failure have less access to palliative care than patients with other life threatening conditions such as cancer. Palliative care one problem with utilization of palliative care for an unpredictable disease trajectory such as heart failure is the conceptualization within the health care field that palliative care is a formal care delivery service introduced at end of life and not a philosophy of care 17 for a person who needs services throughout an ultimately terminal illness trajectory
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