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This study evaluated the spectrum of symptoms, improvement in symptoms after discharge, and perceptions of palliative care among patients who were hospitalized for heart failure.
Abstract Importance Observational studies indicate that lower blood pressure (BP) increases risk for cognitive decline in elderly individuals. Older persons are at risk for impaired cerebral autoregulation; lowering their BP may compromise cerebral blood flow and cognitive function. Objective To...
ImportanceAlthough many patients and their families view religion or spirituality as an important consideration near the end of life, little is known about the extent to which religious or spiritual considerations arise during goals-of-care conversations in the intensive care unit.
Visualize for a moment the philosophical quandary of a tree falling in the uninhabited forest and whether it makes a sound—the dying tree, its surroundings of fellow trees, foliage, and earth—with no person to hear its fall. This visualization hardly seems relevant to the intensive care unit...
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