Palliative care for patients with heart failure.

  title={Palliative care for patients with heart failure.},
  author={Steven Z. Pantilat and Anthony E Steimle},
  volume={291 20},
Heart failure accounts for more hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries than any other condition. Its symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and edema, can be frightening and diminish quality of life. Although treatment advances have allowed patients to live longer with a better quality of life, heart failure remains a leading cause of death in the United States. Half of heart failure patients die within 5 years of diagnosis, and for many patients, death is sudden. Given the… CONTINUE READING