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Keywords

complications, heart failure, patient education, self-care, symptom management

 

Authors

  1. Fredericks, Suzanne PhD, RN
  2. Da Silva, Monica BScN (Candidate)

Abstract

Heart failure is a progressive disorder. An estimated 400,000 Canadians are diagnosed annually with heart failure, and a quarter experience severe heart failure that is unresponsive to medical therapy. Autologous cell transplantation has been proposed as a new approach for cardiac repair and holds enormous potential for the regeneration of injured myocardium cells. Currently, autologous cell transplantation is under investigation in Canada. Its use as a treatment alternative for heart failure patients has been established over the past 5 years across Europe and the United States. This article will present a Canadian perception of the nursing practice, research, and theoretical implications associated with this new and innovative therapy.