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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in many countries and can be devastating for those living with it. However, there are a number of holistic approaches that can be taken to manage both the physical and psychological implications of this illness. A holistic approach to treating older adults with cardiovascular illness can include several strategies. This article will take a look at how these approaches might benefit those living with cardiovascular conditions and some potential risks associated with them.

 

1. REHAB-HF

REHAB-HF is a holistic approach to treating Cardiovascular Illness patients. The strategy involves interventions based on research that indicates which strategies are likely to be beneficial for patient well-being and quality of life. Compared with standard care without these interventions, this holistic approach has been shown to significantly improve physical health and quality of life in patients living with heart failure.


2. Palliative Care

One of the key strategies in a holistic approach is palliative care. Many people living with heart failure may be dealing with a number of physical and psychological symptoms related to their condition. These symptoms can often cause significant distress and negatively impact the quality of life. Palliative care can be used as an initial strategy for addressing these symptoms, such as pain management. The benefits of palliative care include increased patient satisfaction and decreased overall healthcare costs.

3. Psychological Support

Psychological support is another critical consideration for those living with heart failure. A holistic approach to cardiovascular illness may also involve cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-education interventions. These strategies can help patients learn how to deal with their condition and provide insight into how psychological issues might be impacting physical symptoms.

 

4. Education

Another critical component of a holistic approach is education. Patients can often be afraid to ask questions about their condition, so it is essential to educate them about their condition and what to expect from their treatment. This includes information on medication dosing, types of symptoms patients are likely to experience during different stages of the illness, and other physical/psychological symptoms that may come along with the disease.

 

5. Family Support

Finally, family support is essential when working to improve the quality of life for those living with heart failure. A holistic approach will often include strategies to help family members cope with caring for their loved ones living with heart failure. These strategies can include education programs on what to expect from patient care and how to provide support.