Heart failure

HEART FAILURE

More than half a million of people suffer from heart failure in Canada

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HEART FAILURE AND PALLIATIVE CARE (SUPPORT THERAPY)

The title is striking and a little disturbing. Do not get me wrong. A non-cancerous chronic disease such as heart failure has two treatment phases. The first is well known. It is the standard or “active” care. The second, palliative care, focuses on patient comfort.

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CARDIAC INSUFFICIENCY AND PALLIATIVE CARE: ACTIVE CARE COMPONENT

Active therapy has two elements that always go hand-in-hand. On one hand, there is the pharmaceutical therapy, or a treatment consisting of pills to be taken regularly. The combination of these drugs varies from one patient to another.

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CARDIAC INSUFFICIENCY AND PALLIATIVE CARE: AN INDIVIDUALIZED ACTION PLAN

Successful treatment of a severe chronic condition such as terminal heart failure depends largely on the implementation of an "individualized action plan". This plan includes tips for dealing with a particular situation and / or changes to the medication during this period.

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