Patient selection for advanced heart failure therapy referral.

Published

Journal Article

Despite advances in medical therapy for chronic heart failure (HF), advanced HF carries a dismal prognosis. Options such as transplantation and durable mechanical circulatory support have greatly improved outcomes for these patients, but their introduction has introduced significant complexity to patient management. Although much of this management occurs at specialized heart transplant centers, it is the responsibility of the primary cardiologist of the patient with advanced HF to refer patients at the appropriate time and to help them navigate the difficult decisions related to the pursuit of advanced therapies. We present a unique pathway that incorporates guidelines, recent data, and expert opinion to help general cardiologists determine which patients should be referred for transplantation or durable mechanical circulatory support, and when they should be referred. Decision making on referral to the heart transplant center is also summarized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fanaroff, AC; DeVore, AD; Mentz, RJ; Daneshmand, MA; Patel, CB

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 5

PubMed ID

  • 24526143

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24526143

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-2811

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/HPC.0000000000000004

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States