Medical analyst William Lee Matzner published an informational article explaining Palliative Care
Has your doctor prescribed palliative care for you or one of your family members and you're not sure what it is? Dr. William Matzner explains this subject in a new review.
By: Healthcare Analytics LLC
The common misconception that surrounds palliative care is that it is only intended for the elderly. That's definitely not true. Doctors can prescribe it for a person of any age at any stage of a serious medical condition. It basically acts as a support system for the patient and helps them overcome mental and physical discomforts that they face during their disease. It focuses on treating depression, body pain, sleeping difficulties, anxiety, and other issues associated with serious illnesses. For example:
When we hear the word cancer, it doesn't evoke any positive feelings. Usually, people associate cancer as a disease that ultimately leads to death. That doesn't have to be the case with everyone. Some types of cancers create tumors in the body which do not spread to other parts of the body and can be treated with medicines. However, some types of cancers spread very quickly and do not respond to medications or chemotherapy.
For cancer patients to survive, they need to have a strong will-power and a very positive attitude. They need to think that they will beat cancer and go back to living their life normally. Palliative care helps patients develop this attitude. Professional nurses and care-takers talk to the patient and listen to everything they have to say. Moreover, they help them understand how the medication and chemotherapy will work and help them overcome the post-therapy consequences like hair loss and burnt skin. Palliative care also helps in relieving other issues associated with cancer such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
Or heart failure. The heart is a vital body organ because it pumps blood and supplies oxygen throughout your body. For this to happen, you must have a healthy heart. Certain lifestyle changes and food choices weaken your heart muscles overtime. This results in your heart unable to pump enough blood to your body – a condition known as heart failure.
Palliative care helps in relieving the distress that heart failure patients feel. Moreover, they provide physiotherapy which helps in reducing body pain and swelling. It helps the patients overcome the heart disease and live a normal, healthy life.
Dr. Matzner concludes that palliative care plays an important role in improving the quality of patient's lives. It can help improve their symptoms and make them live longer. If your doctor prescribes palliative care, make sure you follow the advice.
Dr. William Matzner works in the area of healthcare economics consulting at Healthcare Analytics, LLC, in California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He received his M.D. with Honors from Baylor College of Medicine. In 1988, he was the Solomon Scholar for Resident Research at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Matzner subsequently was awarded a PhD in Neuro Economics from Claremont Graduate University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. He has researched and published extensively on the issue of reproduction and immunology in medical literature. He has been in private practice since 1989, specializing in Reproductive Immunology and Internal medicine.
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