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:
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.
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, now may be an appropriate time to refer your patient to hospice. We’re happy to discuss your patient’s specific situation and answer any questions you may have about hospice.