Heart Disease Caregiver Burnout

In our research for the book, we could find no statistics on the rate of caregiver burnout. Dr. Mark Moeller, one of the vetters of the book, made a point of explaining to us that caregiver burnout is becoming more of an issue but it is generally not the cardiologist that will uncover the problem. The primary care provider, if properly trained and experienced, will ask about how the caregiver is doing. We could also find no support groups for caregivers. What is up with that? It is likely to stay that way until the insurance companies and the government recognizes the seriousness of the problem. In other words, forthcoming help is not bloody likely. This site will try to offer some help in the way of advice on how to live with heart disease and special article and blogs on caregiver health.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent the burnout:

  • You must exercise at least four hours a week. Your patient must exercise and you should join in the fun.
  • Change your diet to a Heart Smart Diet. Low fats, low salt, no caffeine.
  • Be honest with how you feel. It is only normal for you to want to get away for a short while.

Caring for the Heart Disease Caregiver

The truth of the situation is this: no one is going to look after the caregiver. The caregiver is the person that serves by caring and goes almost entirely unrecognized for the work, concern and effort. It is the same old story of the general getting all the recognition for winning the battle. The patient is credited for surviving and the doctor and surgeon for performing the life saving miracle of medicine. Baloney.

It is the caregiver that administered the medicine. It is the caregiver that got the patient to the doctor. It is the caregiver that learned about the disease. It is the caregiver that made sure the house was clean. Most importantly, it was the caregiver that was there. It was not the patients’ family, friends or business associates that stood by day in and day out when the times were the toughest. It was the caregiver. You will notice the changes in tense. For the past, present and the future, it is the caregiver.

You must take care of your self before you can take care of your patient.

We will be here. My caregiver would not let it be any other way.

The Simplified Handbook for
Living with Heart Disease
and Other Chronic Diseases

This comprehensive, doctor reviewed and approved book explains heart disease from a patientís perspective. Without complicated medical mumbo-jumbo, this blunt and hilarious book is a total lifesaver.