Living with Cardiac Disease

Heart Health

Matters of the Heart

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” -Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

When Mandela said those words, he was talking about the emotional heart, but when it comes to matters of the physical heart, a good one is just as important.

About 1 million people in the U.S., most over age 65, are hospitalized every year due to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), resulting in about 53,000 deaths. Because symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath may seem “normal” for a person over 65, many don’t seek treatment and the disease advances.  Here’s how it works:

The physical heart pumps blood throughout the body. The right side pumps blood to the lungs where it receives oxygen and then travels to the left side of the heart where it is pumped to the brain, organs, arms and legs, and the rest of the body. After the body uses up all the oxygen in the blood, it sends the blood back to the right side of the heart and the process starts again. CHF occurs when the heart is unable to pump properly and blood collects in the lungs.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with CHF, know that living with cardiac disease may mean dealing with a range of emotions. That’s normal, but don’t panic. Instead, find that formidable strength in your heart and turn to the Heart ‘n Home Cardiac Team. Ask questions about the things you don’t understand or are worried about. We treat each case individually and will explain how symptoms are managed to keep your loved one out of the emergency room and comfortable at home. We’ll talk about signs of heart failure, fluid and sodium intake, medications and side effects, food and diet, digestive issues and any other matters weighing on your mind and heart.

Things you can expect from the Heart ‘n Home Cardiac Program include:

  • Regular visits from hospice Nurses who are specialists in palliative and end-of-life care and who follow direct orders from your physician
  • Medications given at the right amounts that are arranged for and refilled as needed
  • Emotional and spiritual support…delivered with utmost compassion and respect.

Together, we “affirm life by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to our patients and to those who love and care for them” so that your good heart can always be formidable.

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