“The Silent Pandemic: Heart Failure” Airs on NBC Channel 4 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 17

Falls Church, VA (April 14, 2021)—Heart disease kills 655,000 each year, one person every 36  seconds. By contrast, COVID-19 killed 530,000 people in its first12 months, and now COVID-19 is accelerating deaths due to heart failure. To raise awareness about this American tragedy, Capital Caring Health will present a half-hour special on advanced in-home cardiac care on NBC Channel 4 at 7 p.m. on April 17. Hear from these experts and more:

  • Moderator – Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer, WebMD
  • Cameron Muir, Chief of Cardiac Care, Capital Caring Health
  • Altonia Garrett, RN and Executive Director – The Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Capital Caring Health

“It is a complete and unnecessary tragedy that only half of heart failure patients who are considered terminal with six months or less to live utilize in-home hospice services,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of Capital Caring Health. He further stated, “Far too many die alone in a hospital or nursing facility, when instead our hospice teams could care for them wherever they reside and they could enjoy a far higher quality of life surrounded by loved ones. This television program offers much insight into changing these experiences for the better.”

Heart disease will likely continue to have a disproportionate toll on many traditionally underserved groups who have higher rates of heart disease and associated risk factors. Executive Director of Capital Caring Health’s Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, Altonia Garrett, commented. “Far too many people of color and LBGTQ+ advanced heart disease patients are not made aware of how to access comprehensive quality care at-home care which is covered by Medicare or private insurance or by Capital Caring Health directly; no one is turned away because they cannot pay.”

This advanced cardiac care initiative is a nationwide effort spearheaded by Capital Caring Health and 29 other not-for-profit community-based advanced illness care/hospice providers – all members of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation.

Please see the show’s promotional content here. Requests to interview the show’s experts should be sent to communications@capitalcaring.org.

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About Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of elder health, advanced illness, hospice and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. area. We provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136 to learn more.