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Congestive Heart Failure (cont.)

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Having the support of health care providers, family, and friends is essential to effectively coordinate all of the needs of a person with heart failure.

People with severe heart failure have special needs beyond standard medical care.

  • Advance directives are legal documents that tell doctors and hospitals what treatments you might not want, should you become unable to speak for yourself.
  • A living will provides instructions while you are still alive, for example, if you have specific wishes if your heart or breathing stops.
  • A medical durable power of attorney allows someone you designate to make medical decisions on your behalf, if you become unable to make these decisions.
  • Hospice care may be required when you and your physicians agree that your prognosis for survival is poor. Professional hospice caregivers emphasize pain control and emotional support.
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Heart failure is the pathophysiologic state in which the heart, via an abnormality of cardiac function (detectable or not), fails to pump blood at a rate commensurate with the requirements of the metabolizing tissues and/or pumps only from an abnormally elevated diastolic filling pressure.

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