Cardiac CARE

An End Stage Cardiac Disease Program That Can Help.

Aviant Hospice has created the Cardiac CARE Program for end stage cardiac patients and their loved ones. Our program is designed to meet the special needs of those living with end stage cardiac disease.  We understand it is common for patients to feel a loss of control as their disease progresses. Together we create a customized plan of care for each patient based on their goals and priorities.

Our expertise in pain and symptom management promotes comfort, quality of life, and control, reducing the need for emergency room visits and hospital readmissions.  Our interdisciplinary, Cardiac CARE team provides support and education to the patient and their caregivers to expand their understanding of cardiac disease and what to expect as their disease progresses.

The Cardiac CARE Program also includes:

All approved cardiac medications including a cardiac specific emergency kit
Nurses specially trained in the Cardiac CARE Program available 24/7
All supplies and durable medical equipment include O2 delivered to the patient’s home

Understanding the Guidelines for Eligibility:

In order to qualify for hospice a patient is expected to live six months or less if the disease follows its normal course.  For CHF patients, however, there is often confusion and a lack of understanding about when to refer a patient to hospice. That uncertainty stems from not knowing what symptoms a patient should be exhibiting to be considered eligible.  Some common symptoms that may qualify a patient for hospice include but not limited to:

Angina at rest despite maximum medical therapy or
NYHA Class IV CHF
Supporting evidence

– Treatment-resistant symptomatic dysrhythmias
– History of unexplained or cardiac embolism
– CVA secondary to cardiac embolism

History of cardiac arrest or resuscitation
Dyspnea at rest
Angina or chest pain
Symptomatic arrhythmias
Frequent Hospitalizations
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Comorbidities such as lung disease, dementia or kidney disease
Ejection fraction <20%