Navigation Links
Docs Should Ask Heart Patients About Quality of Life

TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Completing quality-of-life surveys at a doctor's office could help heart disease patients live longer and have better lives, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.

The statement urged doctors to use these surveys to assess patients' heart health. The surveys reveal the impact of heart disease on patients, including their symptoms, quality of life, and ability to function physically and mentally.

Quality-of-life surveys can also help predict future events such as heart attack, hospitalization, costs of care and death, according to the statement published May 6 in the journal Circulation.

"Ultimately, efforts to improve the health care system will only be successful if they translate into better patient outcomes -- not just longevity, but also how well patients live," statement lead author Dr. John Rumsfeld said in an AHA news release.

"This statement recommends increasing the standardized measurement of patient health status -- so we can better understand, monitor and minimize the burden of disease on patients' lives," he explained.

Researchers have successfully used patient surveys in clinical trials and other studies, they but aren't used enough in routine health care, according to Rumsfeld, national director of cardiology for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration and a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver.

He suggested that doctors should have patients complete health status surveys during their routine visits in order to assess their heart health. Along with changes in physical health that might indicate an increased risk for serious problems or death, surveys can help reveal depression, which is common among heart disease patients and can significantly worsen their heart health.

"Identification and treatment of depression in cardiovascular patients can improve their quality of life," Rumsfeld said in the news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health outlines steps you can take to reduce heart risks.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, May 6, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Canada should play a role in addressing the global cancer epidemic
2. New standards for treating traumatic shoulder injuries to improve patient care
3. Should oxygen be used for patients with chronic heart failure?
4. Men Can Still Ask for PSA Test, and Some Should, Doctors Say
5. Canada should significantly increase its funding of randomized clinical trials
6. Routine care for Crohns disease in children should include measurement of bone age
7. Older Women Should Not Take Calcium, Vitamin D: Task Force
8. Guidelines Issued for When Docs Should Order Vascular Testing
9. Presidential candidates should address childhood obesity and bullying, poll says
10. KORT Physical Therapist Says Shoulder Pain Shouldn’t Be Ignored
11. Ethics should drive health policy reform, especially with physician-owned specialty hospitals
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Docs Should Ask Heart Patients About Quality of Life
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The rapid speed at ... people age, more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive ... being overworked. The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... An inventor, ... to dispense prescription medications at home, so he invented the patent-pending ELECTRONIC M.D. ... dispense prescription medications. In doing so, it could help to prevent potential overdose ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a special promotion that ... of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will receive a complimentary ... spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, so we encourage ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set ... With ProSidebar: Fasion, video editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any ... opener. Utilize presets featuring self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will ... on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... FRANCISCO , November 26, 2015 ... billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand ... Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) which demands kidney transplantation is expected ... and cost effective substitute for organ transplantation. --> ... billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... --> ... att använda SyMRI för att hitta optimal ... med multipel skleros (MS) eller hjärntumörmetastaser och ... för att kunna använda SyMRI Research Edition ... kan man generera flera konstrastbilder från en ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 26, 2015 ... the addition of the "2016 Future Horizons ... Monitoring (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, ... offering. --> ... comprehensive analysis of the Italian therapeutic drug monitoring ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: