A European study has found that elderly patients with heart failure (HF) appear to be willing to discuss end-of-life preferences with their physicians. The analysis revealed that 74% of HF patients were not willing to trade survival time for improved quality of life. More than half (51%) wished to be resuscitated, but 39% did not and 10% were undecided.



Source: European Heart Journal, November 8, 2011 (online).

An abstract of the study is available at http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org.