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Palliative Care in the Cardiac Specialty Unit 

Palliative Care in the Cardiac Specialty Unit
Palliative Care in the Cardiac Specialty Unit

Beth Fahlberg

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date: 26 January 2022

Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States, accounting for approximately 600,000 deaths per year. However, despite the fact that many people are dying from heart disease, palliative specialists infrequently participate in the care of patients with heart disease. Cardiac patients have unique needs, experiences, pathophysiologies and devices that necessitate a specialized approach to palliative care for this population. Patients with heart problems represent only 11.5% to 15% of Medicare patients who die with the support of hospice. The APRN can promote individualized decisions. To do so, the APRN must have an understanding of common cardiac diagnoses, tests, treatments and medications as well as the cardiac patient and provider mindset will facilitate effective teamwork between the Palliative APN and cardiac team members.


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