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Heart Failure: Most Often the LV is Involved
Although HF can occur suddenly, it is most often a chronic condition which develops over time as the heart's function deteriorates. HF is typically the end stage of most cardiac disease(s).
HF may be due to dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV), the right ventricle (RV), or both ventricles.
Most often the LV is involved. When it cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood into the systemic circulation, back-up occurs behind the LV and fluid often accumulates in the lungs, causing the patient to be short of breath.
The decreased blood flow may also cause a lack of oxygen and nutrition to vital organs such as the kidneys or liver which may damage them.
[Improving HF Care, Module A preview, Pathophysiology] www.athenaforum.com
Heart Failure: Aligning Body and Mind for Behavior Change
Words have been left behind in the rush to master chemistry. Emotions have been minimized in a reductionist effort to understand cells and genes. This is changing with a focus now shifting to a holistic approach which incorporates the entire spectrum of care.
Verbal and communication skills are part of professional education and standards for CMs, chaplains, social workers and clinical psychologists. As such, they can act as resources for other team members.
Cardiology advanced practice nurses (APNs) also play a crucial, complementary role within the team in improving communication about HF self-care with patients and families.
HF patients vary considerably in their self-care management behaviors. There is established fact that behavior change and disease management adherence do not occur easily or in the majority of HF patients.
[Improving HF Care, Module F preview, Self-Care Strategies] www.athenaforum.com