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Advanced Heart Disease

Our Specialized Heart Disease Treatment Program

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 1 in 3 Americans (nearly 80 million) have some form of cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. with more than 800,000 heart disease-related deaths reported in 2006.  Coronary heart disease is the primary underlying cause of death in 70% of these cases.

Contributing factors to heart disease in America include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Stressful lifestyle

Because of the multitude of contributing factors, advanced heart disease creates a complex burden of symptoms that negatively impact the patient's quality of life.  Our caregivers are trained with a comprehensive and targeted training program that addresses this symptom burden.  Palliative and hospice care are appropriate for the majority of patients with advanced heart disease at the end of life.

Once our caregivers have completed the Cardiac Disease Management Program, they are well-equipped to assist patients and their families in managing the complex array of symptoms that comprise cardiac disease.  At the same time, however, each patient manifests differently so the Interdisciplinary Team we assemble will be specifically chosen to manage your or your loved one's unique symptomatology.

Among the various areas the Team will address are:  pain management, physical activity limitations, social and psychological issues, medication and dietary issues and others.  Your Plan of Care will be specifically designed to your symptoms and needs.  We will work closely with your physician and our medical director to ensure every need is met.

If you or a family member or loved one has been diagnosed with life-limiting cardiac disease, contact one of our hospice professionals today.  They are ready to discuss your palliative treatment options with you.