The Benefits of Palliative Care Interventions for Patients with Heart Failure - A Literature Review
Received Date: Oct 02, 2017 / Accepted Date: Nov 25, 2017 / Published Date: Nov 30, 2017
Palliative care is an underused resource with the heart failure patient population. Many of these patients suffer not only from physical alignments but mental, spiritual and financial ones. Heart failure patients face many challenges such as frequent readmissions and a declining quality of life. This not only affects the patients but their families as well. Early palliative care intervention can decrease hospital readmissions and improve quality of life. Although advances in medicine have allowed for the heart failure patient to have more options in prolonging their life, sudden cardiac death may still occur. This uncertainty with the trajectory of death makes it difficult for some health care providers to initiate early discussions of palliative care. Many heart failure patients and their families see heart failure as a benign disease which makes it seem unnecessary for early palliative care interventions. Palliative care, by some people, is perceived as imminent death and not as an improvement to the quality of life. These patients are not being offered appropriate palliative care until their disease has exhausted all treatment plans. Many medical providers do not feel comfortable discussing early palliative care interventions, which in turn can lead to the lack of initiation into the patient’s heart failure treatment. Implementing a multidisciplinary team approach will allow cardiologists to work with other health care team members to provide for the highest quality of life. The purpose of this paper is to review the implementation process and benefits palliative care services offered to the heart failure patient community.
Keywords: Palliative care; Heart failure; Cardiology; Primary care
Citation: Hnyda K, Avadhani A (2017) The Benefits of Palliative Care Interventions for Patients with Heart Failure - A Literature Review. J Palliat Care Med 7:324. Doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000324
Copyright: © 2017 Hnyda K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.