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Better Lives With Care.Wallet: Cirrhosis in the U.S.

Cirrhosis is a complication that can result from liver disease involving the loss of liver cells and causing irreversible scarring of the liver. It is caused by many forms of liver diseases and also by conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism.

Alcohol-related liver disease is the leading indication for liver transplants in the USA. After more than three decades of stability, the number of deaths caused by alcohol-related liver disease has been increasing as a result of an increase in high-risk drinking. According to statistics from 2015 to 2017, there were around 129,939 deaths from liver cirrhosis in the U.S., with alcohol-related cirrhosis accounting for 65,089 of these deaths. As of 2017, the rate of alcohol-related cirrhosis deaths was highest among those aged 55 to 64 years, with around 19.4 deaths per 100,000 population.

Patients with early-stage cirrhosis of the liver usually do not present with any symptoms. Often, cirrhosis is first detected during a routine checkup. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include fatigue, easy bleeding or bruising, loss of appetite, nausea, and itchy skin. Liver damage that is caused by cirrhosis generally cannot be undone. Advanced cirrhosis can be life-threatening. But if liver cirrhosis is diagnosed early, it may be possible to minimize damage to the liver by quickly treating the underlying cause.

Care.Wallet can be configured to help patients with liver cirrhosis to manage and treat their symptoms and complications. Cirrhosis patients have to do regular diagnostic tests to monitor for signs of disease progression. Care.Wallet is a powerful tool that can help to record and track symptoms or test results and share that information with a doctor. This way, the patient and doctor can see the trends in disease progression and take necessary measures. The seamless workflow allows a doctor to instantly make changes to the patient’s medication based on the most recent symptom developments. And if the situation requires a doctor’s visit, it can be scheduled directly in the App with a few clicks. In case the patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet is integrated with Uber and Lyft to provide non-emergency medical transportation. If the visit can be virtual, Care.Wallet can also be used to access Global Telehealth Exchange that allows for scheduling and conducting tele-consultations.

Care.Wallet can also help with lifestyle changes required for treating the underlying cause of cirrhosis like alcohol dependency or obesity. Care.Wallet will contain information and advice that the patient can use to make necessary lifestyle changes. The patient’s friends and family can become active participants in the treatment process by joining the patient’s Care. Circle.

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