Improving Outcomes in Heart Failure. Mod D. Non-Pharmacologic Treatment
Heart failure can be a life-shortening condition, but there are a variety of treatments, beyond medication, that can help slow the disease’s progression and improve a patient’s quality of life. First, the module details the different kinds of invasive procedures (such as inserting a ventricular assist device, or VAD, or performing coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG). The module also explores less-invasive interventions, such as telemedicine, which allows healthcare providers to monitor HF patients’ symptoms remotely. Then, the module explores the realm of palliative and end-of-life care: how factors such as the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) can help healthcare providers respect a patient’s desires, and how case managers can best support grieving loved ones.