Heart Failure

Women think of heart disease as an old person's disease and a good way to die, ... But heart failure is every bit as bad as cancer, and the death rate is higher - Martha Hill

Heart Failure

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Failing Patients With Heart Failure

HEART disease is the world’s No. 1 killer, despite advances in medical technology, as well as public health initiatives that have eased the burden of heart disease drastically. While one marvels at the progress, we often ignore how heart-disease patients die.

Patients with heart disease are more likely to suffer excessively at the end of life than those with other conditions. While surveys show that people overwhelmingly want to die at home, patients with cardiovascular disorders are much less likely to do so than patients with other diseases, such as cancer.

All heart disease, as it progresses, results in heart failure, or a gradual weakening of the heart. Patients commonly…

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