Caring for someone with valvular heart disease depends on how severe their disease is as well as on any treatments they may recently have undergone. If the person has had surgery or has had a heart attack in the recent past, they may need cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation includes different kinds of health and nutritional counseling as well as exercise under medical supervision; you can provide emotional support and encouragement through this process. The person may also wish to attend a support group, for example, to stop smoking, and should continue to see their doctor regularly. You can encourage the person to continue getting the support and medical treatment they need.
Gregory R. Giugliano, MD
- interventional cardiology
Location and Office HoursBaystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA 01199
- CIGNA HealthCare
- ConnectiCare of Massachusetts
- Fallon Community Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- HMO Blue (BC/BS of MA)
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts
- Health New England
- Tufts Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Baystate Medical Center
What should I know about caring for someone with valvular heart disease?
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What is heart hypertrophy?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredHeart hypertrophy, also known as cardiac hypertrophy or a thickened heart, means that the muscle of the heart has thickened. One common cause is high blood pressure, which forces the heart to pump harder. This causes the heart muscle to become thicker and stiffer. Dr. Oz explains heart hypertrophy in this video.
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Who receives a cardiac assist device as destination-therapy?
End-stage heart failure patients who do not respond to medical therapy well and still have heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath, at the same do not qualify for heart transplantation due to age, additional health problem, or other complications may be candidates for receiving a cardiac assist device.
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