Congestive Heart Failure ( CHF) Management

Posted on September 21, 2015

At MD24 House Call, we deeply understand it is not easy to be at the elderly age. Thus, we always try to do our best to give you the best treatment you deserve while not wasting your time and strength moving to a hospital.Especially for Cardiovascular diseases, or heart problems, are lethal and can happen at any time. Eventually, monitoring your health constantly is important to help you stay away from a dangerous situation.

“Managing congestive heart failure at home.

Congestive heart failure is the hearts inability to pump enough blood to the body. It is associated with many types of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol in previous heart attacks. In summary, your heart is too weak to pump blood effectively.

This diagram shows a healthy heart compared to a congested heart.

How to manage your CHF at home

  • Weight yourself daily after using the bathroom, wearing light clothing, using the same scale and at the same time, keep a log of your weight.
  • If you gain 3 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week, call your clinician right away.
  • Weight gain can be a sign of fluid in your body.
  1. Medications:
  • DO NOT stop taking your medications even if you are feeling better.
  • Ask your clinician what to do if you miss a dose.
  • Take a list of your medications and all of your pill bottles to follow-up visits.
  1. Activity:
  • Exercise may help decrease your symptoms, improve your heart function, and increase your energy level.
  • Exercise may also help with weight control.
  • YOU MUST CONSULT YOUR CLINICIAN BEFORE STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM.
  1. Diet:
  • Low sodium (2 grams daily) remove the salt shaker from the table, avoid canned, frozen, or deli foods.
  • Read labels for added salt.
  • Follow a low fat diet.
  • Your clinician may tell you to limit your fluid intake.
  1. Things to Avoid:
  • Salty foods, preserved foods
  • Smoking
  • Illegal drug use
  • Alcohol use

CONTACT YOUR CLINICIAN

If you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling in Legs and Feet which can be sign of fluid retention in the body
  • Shortness of Breath which can be a sign of fluid in your lungs
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dry Cough
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • No energy

Remember to follow-up with your clinician 1 or 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital.”

Watch this video to understand about Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), one of the symptoms of the heart you must know. Understand this disease and know how to prevent it in order to improve your healthy life.

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