This section on supportive and palliative care has been designed to support professionals to feel confident about caring for people living with and dying from advanced heart failure. The guidance encourages seamless integration of supportive and palliative care principles, alongside evidence-based heart failure and comorbidity therapies from diagnosis onwards.
Perception and prognostic challenges often lead to a delayed recognition that decline and subsequent death is a possibility by clinicians, patients and families. Opportunities to enable a collaborative, person centred, cardiac supportive and palliative care approach, is often too late or missed completely.
Key Message: Active heart failure care should always run parallel to supportive palliative care. One does not stop for the other to commence.