More than half a million of people suffer from heart failure in Canada
TAKOSTUBO CARDIOMYOPATHY OR BROKEN HEART SYNDROME - Medical point of view
The Takostubo syndrome is a heart disease from the cardiomyopathies family. It is also called the broken heart syndrome or more figuratively, apical ballooning syndrome or acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy. There are different types of damage but it is usually the tip of the heart (apex) that is weakened.
TAKOSTUBO CARDIOMYOPATHY OR BROKEN HEART SYNDROME - Patient point of view
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HEART FAILURE CLINIQUE
Heart failure requires regular health follow-ups, which are in fact regular medical monitoring in an external clinic. The frequency of these follow-ups varies according to the evolution of your symptoms and the progression of the disease.
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.
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.
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.
HEART FAILURE; COMPONENT CARE SUPPORT
Supportive treatment should be considered as soon as a diagnosis of severe heart failure is made and not at the end of one’s life when the disease progresses. Early palliative care has shown to improve the patient's quality of life, reduce the frequency of hospitalization and even prolong life expectancy.
HEART FAILURE; IMMINENT END OF LIFE
When it is possible to assume that the patient is likely to have only a few months to live allows the patient and his family to be prepared adequately for a peaceful and dignified departure in the chosen healthcare facility or at home. Imminent end-of-life signs ...
HEART FAILLURE AND PALLIATIVE CARE: EN-OF-LIFE CARE
The goal of this type of treatment is to provide maximum comfort to the patient, both physical and psychological. Active Listening is part of the comfort care therapy and is more than likely its most useful component at this stage.