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Editor's Correspondence
March 24, 2003

End-of-Life Care and Congestive Heart Failure

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(6):737. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.6.737-a

The article by Jong et al1 examining mortality in patients with congestive heart failure concludes,

Despite recent advances in medical treatment, we found persistent high mortality rates in our contemporary cohort of heart failure patients. This finding should be a sobering note to the medical community that much more remains to be done to improve the outcomes of this seriously ill population than is currently believed.

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