Supportive Care in Heart Failure

James Beattie, Sarah Goodlin

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11 Scopus citations


Heart failure occurs in almost epidemic proportions, placing a huge burden on both the healthcare system, and sufferers and their families. 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. It also integrates the complexities of heart failure care, bridging knowledge bases from cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, general medicine and palliative care. It reviews essential information about the 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 to the end of life. Prognostication, communication, and ethical decision making are outlined in detail. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages508
ISBN (Electronic)9780191730030
ISBN (Print)9780198570288
StatePublished - Nov 17 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aetiology
  • Heart failure
  • Palliative care
  • Pathophysiology
  • Supportive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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