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Providence Hospice Cardiac Program

A Guide to referring your patients

About the program

Knowing the right time to enlist the help of hospice for patients with heart disease can be challenging. Fluctuating symptoms and periods of improvement can sometimes postpone bringing in hospice care. Even patients in this state of health flux and their families can benefit significantly from the unique emotional and physical support provided by hospice care. 

With hospice, patients with advanced cardiac disease can learn more effective ways to manage and cope with symptoms. The cardiac program through Providence Hospice collaborates with the managing physician to help patients and their families control heart disease symptoms at home and avoid hospitalization. Symptoms we can help your patient manage at home include:

  • Pain
  • Angina
  • Dyspnea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Edema
  • Nausea and
    vomiting

These symptoms can have a profound physical and emotional effect on a patient’s quality of life; cardiac patients in this situation often experience a symptom burden similar to patients with advanced cancer. By managing pain and symptoms through specialized protocols and treatments designed for cardiac care, we can help restore and maintain a patient’s spiritual and emotional health as well as help that patient avoid unnecessary emergency department and hospital visits. Our interdisciplinary team strives to provide a positive and meaningful end-of-life experience for your patient.

What are the goals of the Providence Hospice Cardiac Program?

  • Improve the patient’s ability to cope with illness
  • Improve the family caregiver’s confidence in managing symptoms at home
  • Ensure timely and rapid access to expert nursing services
  • Closely monitor and manage symptoms to improve comfort and reduce episodes of distress or crisis
  • Reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits
  • Coordinate care to ensure patients’ quality-of-life goals are addressed

How do I know when to refer my patient to the Providence Hospice Cardiac Program?

  • Does your patient have significant symptoms of recurrent congestive heart failure at rest?
  • Has your patient experienced two or more heart disease-related hospitalizations or emergency department visits within the past six months?
  • Has your patient experienced unintentional weight loss over the past six months with muscle wasting, slowing of activity and increasing weakness (cardiac cachexia and frailty)?
  • Does your patient have increasing difficulty performing activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing because of fatigue or shortness of breath?
  • Would you be surprised if your patient lived longer than six months?

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, now may be an appropriate time to refer your patient to Providence Hospice. We’re happy to discuss your patient’s specific situation and answer any questions you may have about hospice. Please call us at 800-221-8022 and press 2.

Awards and Recognition

President's Awards for Strategic Innovation: Cardiac Hospice

For information and referrals

To learn more about the Providence Hospice Cardiac Program or to make a referral,
please call us at 800-221-8022 and press 2 or email WAPHSSHospiceAccessServices@providence.org.