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Future of advanced heart failure and mechanical support devices: A Cardiology-Cardiovascular Surgery Consensus Report [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2016; 44(2): 175-188 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2016.34662

Future of advanced heart failure and mechanical support devices: A Cardiology-Cardiovascular Surgery Consensus Report

Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz1, Ahmet Rüçhan Akar2, Ahmet Ekmekçi3, Sanem Nalbantgil4, Leyla Elif Sade5, Mehmet Eren3, Gökçen Orhan6, Mustafa Özbaran7, Tahir Yağdı7, Şeref Alp Küçüker8, Ali Gürbüz9, Lale Tokgözoğlu10
1Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Sivas, Turkey
2Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ankara, Turkey
3Siyami Ersek Education And Research Hospital, Cardiology Clinics, İstanbul
4Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey
5Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey
6Siyami Ersek Education And Research Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, İstanbul
7Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Izmir, Turkey
8Atatürk Education And Research Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, Ankara
9Katip Celebi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Izmir, Turkey
10Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey

Heart failure is a progressive disease. A considerable number of patients eventually reach an advanced or terminal phase, in spite of developments in diagnostic procedure, alternative treatments that can slow progression, management, and follow-up. In addition to palliative care of patients in the terminal phase, accurate recognition of advanced disease is vital in the determination of therapeutic options. Overall management of patients with heart failure requires the collaboration of professionals from multiple disciplines. Still, patients with advanced heart failure should be managed by a “heart team,” as indicated by guidelines; communication and collaboration among cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and other medical staff responsible for patient care is necessary. While our country has physicians experienced in the management of patients with advanced heart failure, these professionals are not distributed evenly across the country, and equitable access to therapeutic options is not provided. Hence, progress has yet to be made regarding appropriate referrals and patient circulation. The aims of the present consensus report are to strengthen the connection between certified, experienced centers and those that care for patients irrespective of disease phase and healthcare staff, as well as to raise awareness and provide information regarding conditions in Turkey.

Keywords: Care, heart failure; advanced heart failure

How to cite this article
Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz, Ahmet Rüçhan Akar, Ahmet Ekmekçi, Sanem Nalbantgil, Leyla Elif Sade, Mehmet Eren, Gökçen Orhan, Mustafa Özbaran, Tahir Yağdı, Şeref Alp Küçüker, Ali Gürbüz, Lale Tokgözoğlu. Future of advanced heart failure and mechanical support devices: A Cardiology-Cardiovascular Surgery Consensus Report. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2016; 44(2): 175-188

Corresponding Author: Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz, Türkiye
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