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Cardiac disease

Romayne Gallagher and Gil Kimel

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0095
Cardiac disease

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This chapter contains case studies to show the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to diagnose and manage cardiac disease. It includes a variety of questions such as: How to approach the patient's heart failure and what role would the palliative care physician play in his ongoing care? How does the pathophysiology of heart failure relate to the progression of disease and the symptom experience of the patient? What validated clinical test can be used to assess heart failure symptoms? From the palliative care perspective, how to manage a patient with symptomatic end-stage heart failure?

Keywords: heart condition; pathophysiology; case studies; heart failure

Chapter.  6516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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