Cardiac Disease is the All-Important Topic Discussed at the Latest Meet the Experts Forum

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An equal opportunity danger: Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America for men and women and it was the hot topic at the latest well-attended VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California "Meet the Experts" discussion. A video synopsis of the discussion was released today.

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I support you in being educated, being an advocate for your own health and having a partner in your doctor.

You might call heart disease an equal opportunity health danger.

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America for men and women,” said Dr. Timothy Dauwalder, Medical Director, VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California. Dr. Dauwalder was the expert speaker at the latest “Meet the Experts” series open forum whose topic was Cardiac Disease. A synopsis of the talk was released today in a 5 minute video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5XwuM4IbfY). To see the next talk live and in-person, there will be a follow-up to the heart disease discussion at the next Meet the Experts forum on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Avenue, Claremont.

These well-attended and successful free open forum talks are presented by VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California can also be accessed on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/VNAHomeHealthHospice). Dates for the monthly talks can be found on the VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California website (http://www.vnasocal.org).

Dr. Dauwalder says VNA’s popular “Meet the Experts” is a series that he hopes “will go on indefinitely.” The talks are structured lectures, yet very open to conversation, he says. “We just sit and talk.” He noted that on the heart disease topic, there was important and captivating conversation with those who suffer from or are touched by heart disease.

In this video, Dr. Dauwalder lists some of what he talked about at the forum:

  • Basic physiology of the heart and vessels.
  • Basic names/terms, like Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), and other vascular diseases, so people won’t be so intimidated and they can go talk to their doctor about what might be needed for them.
  • What it means in the broad sense to have hypertension, high blood pressure.
  • Family history, and how to take medicines properly.
  • If you have certain symptoms how important it is to see your doctor.
  • Heart disease is an often silent disease.

Dr. Dauwalder wants the patient to talk with their doctor specifically about heart disease and how specifically it relates to them and communicate symptoms that they might otherwise have ignored to help their doctor to organize care for them.

With the “Meet the Experts” series, each hosted by different experts from VNA or other community resources, Dr. Dauwalder says: “I support you in being educated, being an advocate for your own health and having a partner in your doctor.”

MEET THE EXPERTS SERIES

"Meet the Experts" provides community access to specialists in the care of patients with chronic, advanced or terminal diseases who need hospice or home care support. Many people with advanced diseases are able to remain for quite some time on their own outside of a formal care setting. Often family members provide the first line of support in this situation. Community education connects those who want to know a complete set of care options with experts who study and provide that care and stay in tune with the latest developments in advanced disease options. Some of the videos will contain not only the public presentations but follow-up one-on-one interviews.

ABOUT VNA HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California is a community-based charitable non-profit home care agency. For over 60 years, VNA has provided home health and hospice care for patients in Southern California and is a strong advocate and educator of advanced disease care.

To find out more about this video and all other services that are provided, you are encouraged to contact VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California in Claremont, California, at: (800) 969-4862 or (909) 624-3574. To learn more please visit their website at http://vnasocal.org. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and learn about many other home health and hospice topics.

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