Citation: American Journal of Cardiology. 117(11):1779-82, 2016 Jun 01.Journal: The American journal of cardiology.Published: 2016ISSN: 0002-9149.Full author list: Kelemen AM; Ruiz G; Groninger H.UI/PMID: 27108338.Subject(s): *Advance Care Planning | *Communication | *Decision Making/es [Ethics] | *Family/px [Psychology] | *Heart Failure/th [Therapy] | Humans | *Physician-Patient Relations/es [Ethics] | *Terminal Care/px [Psychology]Institution(s): MedStar Washington Hospital Center | MedStar Heart & Vascular InstituteDepartment(s): Medicine/Palliative CareActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal Article | ReviewOnline resources: Click here to access onlineDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.03.003 (Click here)Abbreviated citation: Am J Cardiol. 117(11):1779-82, 2016 Jun 01.Local Holdings: Available online from MWHC library: 1995 - present, Available in print through MWHC library: 1999 - 2006.Abstract: The complex and often unpredictable course of heart failure (HF) provides many opportunities for communication between clinicians and patients about important subjects as advance care planning, disease state education, therapeutic options and limitations, and end-of-life care. Studies of patients with HF demonstrate that, when engaging in such complex communication, specific language matters in patient experience and in shared decision-making with providers. To date, clinical reports have outlined useful frameworks for communication with patients with HF but have not yet broached specific language crucial to furthering whole person care, particularly in the complex and emotional realm of advancing disease and transitions to end-of-life care. In this work, the investigators unpack language commonly used in advanced HF care and provide explicit suggestions to better provide such pivotal communication. In conclusion, specific phrasing may significantly impact patient experiences and outcomes. Communication that focuses on the disease itself and the therapy or intervention in question may help remove the patient from potential negative emotions, thus facilitating more objective shared decision-making with the clinician. Abstract: Copyright � 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.