If you have heart failure, taking care of yourself will help you feel better and live longer. But the disease often gets worse over time. So it may be a good idea to plan for the future now while you are active and able to communicate your wishes.
If you do this kind of planning, it does not mean that you are giving up. It's simply the best way to make sure that you get the care and treatment that you want. It can also make things much easier for your loved ones.
Advance care plans are papers that tell doctors how to care for you at the end of your life. You don't need a lawyer to write these papers.
If you prepare these papers, be sure to give a copy to your doctor. It's also important to give a copy to a family member or close friend.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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