|Posted by Joy on February 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM|
Heart disease affects millions of Americans and has probably touched you or someone you know. According to the American Heart Association, one in three Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease with 2,400 people dying each day.
“It has been well documented that patients with serious illnesses want five things. Control of their pain and symptoms, ways to avoid inappropriate prolongation of the dying process, a sense of control, to not be a burden on their families, and strengthening of relationships with their loved ones."
Hospices specialize in comfort care for serious illnesses such as heart disease. The support of experienced hospice care providers can enhance the quality of life and reduce emergency medical episodes. Funded by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and community support, hospice can be a financial relief for a family. Medications, equipment, and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis are provided at no cost to the person or their family.
It is important for individuals and families to discuss hospice care with their medical provider. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association recommends discussion of prognosis, advance directives, and palliative care with people with advanced heart failure.
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