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Advanced heart failure

Narbeh Melikian, Robin Ray and Mark Vanderheydepn

in Chronic Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199542338
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199542338.003.0012

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Advanced heart failure

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• Advanced heart failure, despite modern pharmacological therapies, has a poor prognosis. • The management of patients with advanced heart failure needs a multidisciplinary approach involving specialist surgeons and physicians. • A number of surgical approaches may improve outcomes in selected patients. • Cardiac transplantation remains the definitive therapeutic approach for patients with advanced heart failure refractory to conventional treatments. • If patients are unsuitable for these treatments therapeutic approaches may then switch to symptom control and quality-of-life or end-of-life issues.

Chapter.  2302 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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