helping to provide the best quality of life
Palliative medicine is a new medical specialty that helps provide the best quality of life for as long as you live. By focusing on relieving symptoms, pain and distress for patients who face a serious or chronic illness, and aids you with planning for possible outcomes. This approach empowers you and your family to share in making educated choices about care.
Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness in a variety of settings (hospitals, clinics, home, hospice and long term care facilities). A palliative care team
typically consists of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers and other modalities who work together to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual health, and aid you to understand your illness and choices in your care. This team acts as a supportive layer to accompany your medical treatment plans.
Every person experiences different challenges. For cardiac patients with advanced disease:
- Certain devices, therapies, or side effects from medications and medical management may cause discomfort and may require an intervention.
- Some individuals need help coping with their disease process (physical, emotional, or spiritual).
- Others need guidance with the planning process of advanced care directives, and power of attorney.
At CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute (NEHVI), we go beyond the most advanced treatments for cardiac disease to care for the entire patient. Our palliative clinician works with you to consider what is best for you and your particular stage of illness or disease.
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