According to initial data presented at the Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Assembly, September, 2016, “patients with a high degree of residual symptom burden and mortality who were successfully enrolled in the Palliative Care trial had significantly improved quality of life when added to guideline-directed medical therapy”*
Palliative care approaches that focus not only on pain and symptom relief but, also address “some of the emotional, psychological and spiritual concerns that are experienced by patients and their families”* dealing with chronic heart failure have been shown to be beneficial in other life-threatening illnesses”* as well, said, “Joseph G. Rogers, MD, of the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in his presentation.”*
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*Healio Cardiology Today, Palliative care intervention improves quality of life in patients with HF, September 22, 2016
Reference: Presented at: Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Assembly; Sept. 17-20, 2016; Orlando, Fla.