There is little doubt that during the past decade heart failure has emerged as a growth industry within the healthcare systems of developed countries. Greater longevity and survival from previously faced cardiac events- two key markers of a combination of better public health initiatives-and dramatic changes in medical treatment have left us with a far more vulnerable population in whom heart failure has thrived. Meeting the need for a practical textbook on nursing care for heart failure patients, Caring for the Heart Failure Patient comprehensively covers the subject from pathophysiology to caring for the elderly. A dynamic team of experts writes on those aspects of heart failure care that concern allied health professionals. Written in a straightforward style, the book provides an overall view of the most salient and important features of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment, and therapeutic management of the patient with heart failure. Topics include gender issues in heart failure, the role of exercise and activity, psychosocial aspects and the non-pharmacological management of heart failure.