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Palliative Care for Symptomatic Heart Failure: A New Paradigm

Published:December 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.10.001

      Highlights

      • More patients are hospitalized for heart failure than from all cancers combined.
      • About 50% of patients diagnosed with heart failure die within 5 years.
      • There is a paradigm shift to implement palliative care sooner in heart failure care.
      • Palliative care for heart failure improves symptom management and quality of life.

      Abstract

      The nation’s largest, fastest growing, and costliest patient population are those living with symptomatic heart failure (HF). Patients with HF live, on average, for 5 years. Preventing the escalation of symptoms or an exacerbation is key when optimizing patient quality of life. Earlier integration of palliative symptom management can reduce exacerbation, prevent debility, maintain physical functioning, improve costly hospitalization, and improve patient quality of life. The current trends in policy and practice provide an important paradigm for the nurse practitioner when effectively managing the patient with HF.

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      Biography

      Kim Kuebler, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, is the director/founder of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, Duane L Waters Health Center, Michigan Department of Corrections, Jackson, MI. Dr Kuebler can be reached at [email protected]