Pathways for End Stage Heart Disease - For FAMILIES
When is it time for the Pathways End Stage Heart Disease Program?
Answering these simple questions may serve as a guide:
- Are your (or your loved one’s) heart medications no longer effective in managing symptoms?
- Do you (or your loved one) have significant symptoms even while resting?
- Do you (or your loved one) sometimes experience disabling shortness of breath while resting, resulting in decreased ability to do the things you (or he or she) want and need to do?
- Do you (or your loved one) have other health issues such as renal insufficiency or pulmonary (lung) disease?
- Has your physician told you (or your loved one) that a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or transplant is NOT an option?
- Are you or your loved one ready to seek “aggressive comfort care” instead of aggressive treatment?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, now may be an appropriate time to discuss Hospice of Cincinnati with your physician or one of our clinical professionals. Feel free to call us directly at 513-792-6900.
Pathways for End Stage Heart Disease Literature and Materials
- Pathways Patient Caregiving Guide
This tool is a valuable resource to help and support caregivers and provide tips on how to deal with specific symptoms associated with End Stage Heart Disease.
- Pathways Overview for Families
This mini-brochure provides an overview of the program and clearly outlines how Hospice of Hamilton’s Pathways program can benefit patients and their families.
End Stage Heart Disease Triggers
• Optimally treated with heart medications
• Significant/recurrent symptoms at rest
• Disabling dyspnea at rest
• Has co-morbidities (renal insufficiency,
pulmonary edema, dementia)
• Hospitalized 2x in 6 months
• Self care becomes difficult
• Onset of illness 2-5 years, but decline