Reducing pain and stress during treatment for heart and vascular conditions
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Palliative care is a specialty of medicine that focuses on providing relief from symptoms and stress for patients with serious illnesses. Patients can receive palliative care at any stage of illness, including along with curative treatment.
MedStar Health offers palliative care services at multiple sites across our health system. Each palliative care plan respects an individual’s hopes, beliefs, values and traditions, and puts an emphasis on improving quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care services can include:
- Pain and symptom management
- Guidance with difficult treatment decisions
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Assistance with planning for care after hospital discharge
Our palliative care team members take a holistic approach to care aimed at healing the mind, body and spirit, while working hand-in-hand with patients’ other medical specialists. The team includes specialists from a range of fields, including:
- Social workers
Palliative care often is confused with hospice care, which is designed for patients who only have a short time to live and are no longer receiving curative treatment. Palliative care is available at any stage of a serious illness and takes a holistic approach to care for the body, mind and spirit.
For information about palliative care services near you, please call:
- Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center: 443-777-7733
- MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital: 443-444-4485
- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: 202-444-1845
- MedStar Harbor Hospital: 410-350-3139
- MedStar Montgomery Medical Center: 301-774-8885
- MedStar Southern Maryland Medical Center: 301-877-4652
- MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital: 240-434-7908
- MedStar Union Memorial Hospital: 410-554-2762
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center: 202-877-7445
Palliative care for advanced heart failure
MedStar Health palliative care teams partner with experts in our Advanced Heart Failure Program to support patients with advanced heart failure and their families. The palliative care team helps determine goals for care, finds ways to manage symptoms and implements comfort measures throughout treatment.
Fully integrating a palliative care team into the care of patients with chronic or life-threatening conditions is rare, but our teams are working to change this culture. Our palliative specialists often are brought into the process of developing care plans from the onset—for example, when a patient is being considered to receive a ventricular assist device (VAD).