Heart Failure

3 major barriers to use of low-dose opioids for breathlessness in HF

Lack of knowledge, misinformation and social stigma about opioids are major barriers to their effective use in managing severe chronic breathlessness in heart failure patients, Australian research shows. An analysis of  interviews with 24 outpatients with chronic breathlessness due to chronic heart failure or COPD revealed four themes around the use of low-dose opioids: stigmatised ...

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