Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) face many difficulties as they transition from the hospital back to their home following a cardiovascular event. It is critical they understand at discharge the next steps in their road to recovery.
A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study looked at transitional care after hospitalization and found that a fourth of discharge instructions were written in medical jargon that a patient was not likely to understand.
AstraZeneca became the founding sponsor of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program, contributing $10 million to this program earlier this year. The program was designed to help cardiology patients through the challenges of transitioning from hospital to home following their heart attack.
Today, the ACC announced the first hospitals selected to be a part of its program:
- Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Ill.
- Christiana Care Health Services, Wilmington, Del.
- Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia
- Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington
- Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore.
- Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
- St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.
- Trident Health, Charleston, S.C.
- Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville, Tenn.
- WakeMed Health and Hospital, Raleigh, N.C.
The ACC Patient Navigator Program will provide personalized support to patients with ACS at these hospitals based on their specific needs, which is vital because cardiovascular disease impacts every patient differently.
The ACC Patient Navigator Program aligns with AstraZeneca’s desire to put patients at the core of everything we do and our commitment to finding new ways to support patients’ health.
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Tips for caregivers and patients during National Family Caregivers Month
By Jim Blasetto, MD, cardiologist and vice president, AstraZeneca
Heart attacks are part of a condition known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS), an umbrella term for situations where the blood supplied to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked. This infographic further explains ACS, including what to look for and the common causes and risk factors.
Every year, thousands of Americans survive a heart attack, return home from the hospital and continue on their patient journey. It is important for patients to follow their doctor’s instructions when taking their medicines at home and making the necessary lifestyle adjustments to help reduce the risk of another heart attack.
During National Family Caregivers Month this November, learn more about the tools and support materials available to patients and caregivers to help ease the transition from hospital to home care.
Here are a few tips to help caregivers and patients work together:
- Immediately fill new prescriptions. Following a heart attack, patients receive multiple medications when discharged from the hospital. This can be overwhelming, but caregivers can help ensure every prescription is filled and taken as prescribed.
- Understand what each medicine does. Patients and caregivers can collaborate to create a list of questions that the cardiologist or primary care doctor can help answer during the next visit.
- Work together to create and follow a healthy diet and a doctor-recommended exercise plan. Caregivers can offer motivation and encouragement in establishing – and sticking to – new routines.
- Take advantage of the available caregiver resources, including those at CardioSmart.org and Heart.org, to stay informed and identify ways to minimize health risks.
As the saying goes, “home is where the heart is,” but together, patients and caregivers, can make home the place where healthy living begins – especially after a heart attack.