BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:92
  1. Tim Carney

    A heart lift patientMost doctors recognise heart sink patients in whichever branch of medicine they practise. Ellen was a heart life patient. She joined my practice at the age of 83. She had retired as a headmistress over 20 years before and enjoyed an active retirement. She had decided to move to a bungalow in the grounds of a residential home nearer her family and friends because of ill health, emphysema, and mild heart failure.

    Over the 10 years that I cared for her she had shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia, an unexplained peripheral mononeuropathy, a myocardial infarct, cataracts, and deteriorating vision as well as repeated chest infections leading to …

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