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Specialized End-of-Life Cardiac Program Available

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

During October, we will be sharing tips to help you prevent heart disease and live a heart smart life!

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Working Together for Better Heart Care

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Heart ‘n Home is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

Every 60 seconds, more than one person in the U.S. dies from a heart disease-related event. Unfortunately, there are individuals suffering right now with unmanaged symptoms from cardiac disease. The Heart ’n Home team can help! We have a specialized Cardiac Program structured around the needs of patients with end-stage heart failure. We can assist with:

• Specific Cardiac Plan of Care that monitors and manages symptoms and reduces episodes of crisis.
• Reducing emergency room and hospital visits.
• On-staff Pharmacist to help with drug therapy protocols.
• Caregiver support, increasing confidence to manage illness at home.

Many healthcare providers have made heart-health a focus to help Americans make improved health choices for reducing their risks of the disease. However, heart failure-related diseases are most common in the elderly population and that number continues to increase. Heart ‘n Home would like to work along side you in caring for end-stage heart disease patients. Call us today if you think someone may benefit from our hospice and palliative care services.

Tips for lowering your risk of heart disease:
• Watch your weight.
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get active and eat healthy.

Hospice Care for Patients with End-Stage Heart Disease

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Our Cardiac Program is designed to provide support developed with each individual’s needs in mind. Heart ‘n Home is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our patients and families. Care is provided by Heart ’n Home staff including Medical Directors, Nurses, Medical Social Workers, Spiritual Care Providers, and Hospice CNAs. Our cardiac team can visit individuals in their home and develop a Plan of Care with the patients’ wishes and goals as the main focus.

Talk to your physician if you SAY YES to 3 or more of these signs or symptoms:

  • Hospital visit for heart failure in the past year.
  • Need help accomplishing activities of daily living.
  • Daily chest discomfort.
  • Experiencing swelling in feet and legs.
  • Shortness of breath, especially while lying down.
  • Frequent gain/loss of weight.
  • Tired most of the time.
  • Short of breath when doing daily chores.
  • Chest pain when doing daily chores.
  • Tired of going to the doctor’s office and hospital frequently.

With support from the Heart ‘n Home Cardiac Program, together we will strive to:

  • Increase patient and caregiver ability to manage patients illness at home.
  • Increase confidence of patient and caregiver to manage patient’s symptoms.
  • Develop a Plan of Care to monitor and manage symptoms, thereby reducing episodes of crisis.
  • Reduce emergency room and hospital visits.
  • Put patient goals and wishes first.

Learn more about understanding Congestive Heart Failure.

Contact your cardiac team at 1-800-HOSPICE (800-467-7423) to get the assistance needed to stay comfortable and in your home.


Eating Healthy While Eating Out

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These days most people are so busy with work, kids, errands, and often caregiver responsibilities for a loved one that it is easier to let the priority of healthy eating slip to the bottom of the list.  It takes effort and commitment to change eating habits.  Change doesn’t typically happen overnight and that’s okay.  After all, it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so stick with it after a couple of weeks and you will have a higher success rate. Eventually, your new eating habits will become second nature, just as your old ones did. Eating healthier will improve your life as a whole. You will look better, feel better, and be healthier!  Don’t let the luxury of dining out be an excuse to eat unhealthy foods.  By thinking ahead and making smart choices, you can follow a low-saturated-fat, low-cholesterol diet almost anywhere you go!

When Ordering

  • Ask for it your way.
  • Ask about low-fat or fat-free choices.
  • Ask the server to make substitutions such as, steamed vegetables instead of french fries.
  • Pick lean meat, fish, or skinless chicken as a main dish. They are less fatty meats.
  • If an entrée fried, request it is broiled, baked, grilled, steamed, or poached.
  • Order vegetable side dishes and without sauce or butter.
  • Use a lemon to squeeze on your salad instead of their regular dressing. Or get dressing on the side and dip your fork as you eat.
  • If you can’t seem to find anything suitable for your eating plan, ask if the chef will make you a fruit or vegetable platter.

 Avoid It

  • Push the butter out of your way or ask that it be removed.
  • Order your dressings and sauces on the side so you can control how much you use.
  • Avoid fried appetizers and creamy soups. Begin your meal with broth-based soup like minestrone or gazpacho.
  • At salad bars, stay away from high-fat items like cheese, cream dressings, chopped eggs, croutons, olives, and bacon bits.
  • Ask that your food be made without butter or cream sauces. You’ll be surprised at how delicious meat, fish, and chicken can be when broiled “dry.”
  • Take the skin off chicken when it arrives, and remove visible.
  • Skip the desserts. If you have a sweet tooth order a side of fresh fruit.

 Ethnic Restaurants

  • At Oriental restaurants, order stir-fried chicken or a fish and vegetable dish. A steamed main dish is an even better choice.  Instead of fried rice, ask for steamed rice.
  • At Italian restaurants, choose red marinara sauces over white, creamy sauces. Try a fish dish or meatless pasta instead of entrees made with sausage or meatballs.  Eat plain Italian bread instead of buttery garlic bread.  Go easy on the grated parmesan cheese.
  • At Mexican restaurants, enjoy salsa or picante sauce, but limit guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. Opt for corn tortillas over flour and avoid refried beans.  Try soups, salads, or fresh seafood instead of fried foods.

(Adapted from the American Heart Association)


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