Heart Disease Patients
The term “heart disease” encompasses many different conditions affecting heart function. Common types of heart disease include coronary artery disease, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease and heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy).
Palliative care and hospice care are both appropriate for heart disease patients and can help alleviate discomfort and improve quality of life.
Palliative Care for Heart Disease
The goal of palliative care is to help patients and families achieve a better quality of life by assisting with advance care planning, relieving symptoms of heart disease and establishing goals of care. Palliative care is for patients at any stage of their illness, starting with a diagnosis. Patients can choose to receive palliative care even if they are still receiving curative treatment for their heart condition.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a type of heart disease, they may be a candidate for receiving palliative care. Read more about palliative care here, or contact HPCG’s palliative care team at 336.790.3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice Care for Heart Disease
Hospice care helps patients coping with end-stage terminal heart disease by alleviating the mental, emotional and physical distress caused by their illness. Heart disease patients who are admitted to HPCG’s hospice care will receive expert, in-home medical care to help them live with dignity and comfort as their disease continues to progress. Click here to learn more about the benefits of hospice care.
Heart disease can be caused by blood flow restriction, heart muscle weakness, electrical disturbances, heart valve function or structural abnormalities. As such, symptoms of heart disease vary depending on the type of heart disease from which the patient is suffering. The most common types of end-stage heart disease are advanced congestive heart failure and advanced coronary disease. No matter the type of heart disease you or your loved one has, there are several common symptoms that indicate potential eligibility for hospice care.
Following are signs that you or your loved one coping with heart disease may be eligible for hospice care:
- Persistent shortness of breath.
- Frequent chest pain.
- Weakness and fatigue.
- Functional decline, disorientation, memory loss or confusion.
- Swelling of the hands and feet (edema).
- High heart rate, even at rest.
- Lack of appetite.
- Not a candidate for bypass or other surgical interventions.