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From the Other Side of the Exam Room: Using the New Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure to Engage Patients and Caregivers

Published:February 11, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2022.01.017
      Heart failure (HF) management requires clinicians, patients, and caregivers to form a strong partnership and develop individualized treatment goals based on patients’ values and preferences. To ensure success in this shared decision-making process, it is important that patients and caregivers have a thorough understanding of the HF disease trajectory as well as treatment options available at each step. The recent publication of the “Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure” in the Journal of Cardiac Failure
      • Bozkurt B
      • Coats AJ
      • Tsutsui H
      • et al.
      Universal definition and classification of heart failure: a report of the Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, Japanese Heart Failure Society and Writing Committee of the Universal Definition of Heart Failure.
      proposes a cohesive framework that could potentially be used to facilitate this partnership and provides much needed consensus and clarification to the HF journey.
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      Biography

      Meg Fraser, DNP, ANP-C, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

      Biography

      Colleen K. McIlvennan, PhD, DNP, ANP-C, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO 80045, USA

      Biography

      Namita Joseph, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

      Biography

      Tamas Alexy, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA