Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans—with over 6.5 million American adults living with some form of cardiovascular disease. While heart disease can may be able to be prevented, it cannot be reversed as there is currently no cure. However, through medication, lifestyle changes, and a palliative care plan, patients suffering from heart disease can gain a higher quality of life.
Common Types of Heart Disease
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease, in which the vessels supplying blood to the heart become damaged. This can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, and even a heart attack.
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a chronic, progressive disease in which the heart does not supply blood to the body properly. Symptoms include congestion, bloating, and fatigue.
- Arrhythmia occurs when there is an irregular heartbeat, either too fast or too slow.
- Heart attacks happen when blood flow to the heart is critically blocked due to plaque buildup, blood clots, and other substances.
How Hospice of South Texas Helps Patients with Heart Disease
Heart disease is often very stressful for patients and their family caregivers. Patients frequently experience stress over medications and difficult, uncomfortable symptoms that are hard for them to cope with.
Caring for someone with CHF can be very difficult. The day-in and day-out demands of caregiving can be stressful and very time consuming. In the advanced stages of CHF, when diet, lifestyle and medication must be monitored constantly, caregivers often find they MUST have support.
The team of caregivers and medical directors at Hospice of South Texas will evaluate the patient and establish a comprehensive care plan to ensure that you and your loved one are both pain and symptom-free as much as possible. Not only is our team well-trained in the management of heart disease, we also work closely with your loved one’s cardiologist to coordinate a complete care plan, and always include you and your family in discussions about the progress and management of the disease.
Hospice of South Texas delivers exceptional medical care in the comfort of the home, wherever home may be, so that you and your loved one can remain comfortable and surrounded by loved ones and things they love. While the majority of hospice care is provided in private homes or other places of residence, there are times when hospice patients may need short-term medical care for symptom management. For this, Hospice of South Texas offers the Dornburg Center of Compassion. The Dornburg Center is a free-standing state-of-the-art in-patient facility with all the comforts of home while providing round-the-clock, expert medical care.
We provide care and relief to physical and emotional stresses, allowing you and your loved one to live more comfortably, and to regain your daily life—so that you can stop focusing on heart disease and start focusing on the moments that matter.
We can assist patients and families by:
- Improving the ability to cope with illness.
- Increasing the caregiver’s confidence and ability to provide care to the cardiac patient at home.
- Monitoring cardiac symptoms to avoid episodes of crisis.
- Avoiding or reducing hospital admissions.Preventing visits to the Emergency Department.
- Improving the quality of life by exploring options and goals for on-going healthcare and treatment.
- Assisting patients and families in meeting their personal goals to improve their quality of life.
If you or a loved one is suffering from heart disease, Hospice of South Texas can help. Whether you are interested in gaining care, or simply just need answers and resources, our team is ready to provide you with help and support. Call us at our Victoria office at 361.572.4300 or our Hallettsville office at 361.798.2077.