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Chronic Disease

Valley Health Provides the Support You Need

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 6 in 10 Americans have a chronic disease. Commonly defined as conditions lasting longer than a year and requiring ongoing medical attention, chronic diseases are leading causes of death and disability. Chronic diseases include conditions such as heart disease and stroke, chronic lung disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Living with chronic illnesses often requires a change in lifestyle, diet, and behavior in order to accommodate new limits. However, that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone, and it certainly does not mean you can no longer enjoy what life has to offer. Valley Health offers a wide range of chronic illness management programs to help patients cope with their lifelong conditions.

Chronic disease programs offered by Valley Health are introduced below. However, each Valley Health hospital offers different services and programs, so be sure to call the hospital nearest you to find out about the chronic disease resources, education, and support you could benefit from.

Anticoagulation Management Program

This program provides support for patients taking blood thinners such as Coumadin or Warfarin. Patients have access to highly experienced support staff and registered nurses for answers to questions or issues related to taking blood thinners or Coumadin therapy. A physician referral is required.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Living Well is a program designed to help patients with COPD, a lifelong disease that makes breathing difficult. Offered through Valley Health Pulmonary Services, the program provides patients with educational classes, support, and goal-setting sessions in order to manage COPD effectively and lead a fulfilling life. Call 540-536-4479 for more information.

Diabetes Management Program

The American Diabetes Association has recognized our Diabetes Management program for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education. Learn how you can live well while managing your diabetes effectively. Enroll today with a physician referral.

Epogen (EPO) Clinic

For those with a risk of anemia due to chronic kidney disease, Valley Health's EPO clinic provides hematocrit level testing and Epogen injections. Patients visit weekly to check their blood levels and receive their EPO shots.

Heart Failure Center

Get a referral from your primary care provider or cardiologist to enroll in our Heart Failure Center. Experienced nurse practitioners lead teams of nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and other specialists in helping patients cope with and manage their heart disease. A physician referral is required to enrolling in this program.

Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things a patient with chronic disease can do to improve their life. Valley Health offers the education, tools and support needed to successfully quit smoking. When you’re ready, Valley Health can help you quit for free. Classes are held regularly at convenient locations across the region.

Transition Center

Patients who are discharged from our hospital face unique challenges. For patients who do not have a primary care provider, our Transition Center can walk them through this journey with affordable, effective care, and connections to the resources and tools they need. Our team is led by a nurse practitioner and includes counselors, dietitians, pharmacists, registered nurses, and other specialists.

The Valley Health Chronic Disease Resource Center is located at 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 100, in Winchester, Virginia. Contact the center at 540-536-0518 to learn more about how Valley Health can help you manage your chronic disease.

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