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End-of-Life Preferences in Elderly With HF

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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.

 

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

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

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