It’s painful when we see our loved one struggle with the effects of an illness. When that illness involves a major organ like their heart and your loved one has severe heart disease, it can be even more frightening. More than 79 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease and nearly 16 million people living today have experienced a heart attack, angina pectoris, or both.
Many do not realize that hospice and palliative care professionals are uniquely trained in improving quality of life for those living with severe heart disease. According to medical experts at The Elizabeth Hospice, if you have a seriously ill loved one who is struggling with shortness of breath, fatigue or experiencing frequent ER visits, hospice care can help by providing expert medical care for your loved one and support for you as the caregiver. The hospice team of professionals will work with your loved one to address the physical and emotional symptoms that develop as the disease progresses.
Uniquely trained in the management of cardiac disease, professionally trained staff can help decrease shortness of breath, minimize fatigue, and lessen symptoms of anxiety. One goal of care can be to decrease ER visits and hospitalizations, allowing your loved one to remain in the home as symptom free as possible. The Elizabeth Hospice nursing staff coordinates medication management, equipment needs and provides instruction regarding day-to-day care. These comprehensive services benefit both the patient and the family caregiver.
Facing heart disease, at times, can seem frightening and stressful. You can help your loved one gain the care and support he or she needs to remain comfortable and live life as fully as possible. Support is available; you don’t have to face this disease alone. For more information, call The Elizabeth Hospice at 760-737-2050 or visit http://www.elizabethhospice.org
George Delgado, M.D., F.A.A.F.P
Regional Medical Director
The Elizabeth Hospice