Usefulness of Palliative Care to Complement the Management of Patients on Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Nancy Luo, Joseph G. Rogers, Gwen C. Dodson, Chetan B. Patel, Anthony N. Galanos, Carmelo A. Milano, Christopher M. O'Connor, Robert J. Mentz

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Abstract

Within the last decade, advancements in left ventricular assist device therapy have allowed patients with end-stage heart failure (HF) to live longer and with better quality of life. Like other life-saving interventions, however, there remains the risk of complications including infections, bleeding episodes, and stroke. The candidate for left ventricular assist device therapy faces complex challenges going forward, both physical and psychological, many of which may benefit from the application of palliative care principles by trained specialists. Despite these advantages, palliative care remains underused in many advanced HF programs. Here, we describe the benefits of palliative care, barriers to use within HF, and specific applications to the integrated care of patients on mechanical circulatory support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-738
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume118
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Luo, N., Rogers, J. G., Dodson, G. C., Patel, C. B., Galanos, A. N., Milano, C. A., O'Connor, C. M., & Mentz, R. J. (2016). Usefulness of Palliative Care to Complement the Management of Patients on Left Ventricular Assist Devices. American Journal of Cardiology, 118(5), 733-738. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.06.010