Guides caregivers of those with heart disease through the process of supporting their loved one without sacrificing their own personal needs and wellbeing.
Over 30 million people in the US suffer from heart disease and it is universally feared as the most common cause of death. Through the various stages of heart disease, patients need increasing care from their friends, family members, or other caregivers. Caring for Loved Ones with Heart Disease helps caregivers get appropriately involved in the care of their loved one’s heart disease management and treatment while maintaining their own physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Offering accessible information about heart diseases, treatments, common problems, the challenges of caregiving, and more, this work fills the increasing need among caregivers to understand everything their loved one will face from the doctor’s office to operating room to home care. Importantly, however, Jignesh Shah does not overlook the needs of the caregiver, providing tips and tools for balancing the complexities of advocacy and hand-on care with the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of the caregiver. Shah teaches readers about various resources to help maintain a balance between performing these critical functions and tending to their own needs. Any friend or family member assisting in the care of a loved one will find the guidance offered throughout this book indispensible.
J Shah is a board-certified cardiologist and an epidemiologist. He has practiced in various countries and diverse settings over the past 20 years. His first book, Heart Health: A Guide to Tests and Treatments You Really Need is a patient focused book, explaining the use of abuse of cardiac procedures from the patient’s perspective. When he is not seeing patients, he is writing, traveling, or hiking. He lives in Louisville, KY.
How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: The Basics
Chapter 2: Managing Common Symptoms of Heart Disease
Chapter 3: Taking Care of Yourself
Chapter 4: Setting Goals
Chapter 5: Common Heart Conditions, Tests, and Treatments
Chapter 6: Day-to-Day Care Issues
Chapter 7: Medication Management
Chapter 8: Your Teammates within the Health Care System
Chapter 9: Useful Information to Have on Hand: Recording Sheets
About the Author
This comprehensive book for caregivers of patients with heart disease should be a template for every existing medical ailment and health condition. It’s a step-by-step, wonderfully educational manual that offers practical advice and tools all caregivers need to feel empowered.
Many medical providers struggle to relay complex information to their patients with heart disease and heart failure. Dr. Shah puts himself in the shoes of his patients and provides a patient and caregiver friendly explanation of the complexities of their disease process. This book helps patients understand their conditions and helps patient and caregivers navigate the healthcare system. Treatment of the heart failure patient requires a team, and with Dr. Shah’s guidance, patients can be their own best advocate.