Harvard Heart Letter

Choosing options for life-sustaining care

If you have a serious, chronic disease like heart failure, making decisions in advance about important aspects of your treatment can help ensure your wishes are followed. This can include delineating preferences about life-sustaining measures on a form that becomes a doctor’s order, and naming a legal representative to make medical decisions on your behalf, if needed.  
To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »