Abstract| Volume 23, ISSUE 10, SUPPLEMENT , S47, October 2017

Our Approach to Palliative Care for Heart Failure

      Japan has been an aging society, and the number of patients with heart failure is dramatically increasing. Furthermore, it is becoming a multi-death society, where palliative care for patients with heart failure is important. We have held the in-hospital study meeting on palliative care for heart failure once a month since April 2016. The participants include cardiologists, palliative care physicians, pharmacists, nurses, clinical engineers, and rehabilitation engineers. The themes of the meeting are heart failure diagnosis and cure, cutting-edge heart failure treatment, medical ethics, advanced-care planning, and others. In December, an opinion-exchange meeting was also held, as a result, our hospital became more informed about the necessity of palliative care for patients with heart failure. The number of patients with heart failure managed with the involvement of the palliative support team in the hospital is also increasing. We report on our approach to palliative care for heart failure from a cardiologist's perspective.
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