Congestive Heart Failure

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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious cardiovascular condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in individuals over the age of 65, affecting roughly 6 million Americans.

About 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure every year. When heart failure is not managed properly, fluid begins to build up in the arms, legs, and organs and the condition progresses to congestive heart failure.

Congestive Heart Failure Medications

If you don’t take your medications exactly as your doctor prescribes, your CHF can get worse. Doctors usually prescribe several different medications to manage different symptoms of CHF.

It is important that you understand when the medications should be taken, what the possible side effects may be, and what foods and medications to avoid while on your specific medications. Medications may help to prevent blood clots, rid the body of excess fluids, relax or expand blood vessels, and lower blood cholesterol levels.

Medications that may be prescribed to help manage CHF include:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel
  • Acebutolol
  • Tinzaparin
  • Warfarin
  • Timolol
  • Lanoxin
  • Enoxaparin
  • Heparin
  • Dalteparin
  • Chlorthalidone

Congestive Heart Failure Management

With lifestyle changes and support, people with CHF can lead full and enjoyable lives. In addition to monitoring your medications, it’s important to work closely with your doctor, attend all your appointments, and make changes in accordance with physician instruction.

Doctors often recommend changes such as quitting smoking, avoiding drinking to excess, eating a diet that is lower in unhealthy fats and sodium, and participating in regular exercise to strengthen the heart.

How ComForCare Can Help

Our caregivers can help schedule appointments, provide transportation to appointments, provide assistance with medication management, and assist with activities of daily living while you regain your strength. If needed, ComForCare caregivers can provide assistance with bathing, grooming, and other personal needs. Caregivers can also complete household chores and take care of pets while you rest.

Assistance with Lifestyle Changes

ComForCare caregivers can provide the help and support that you need to make healthy changes to lifestyle habits. Caregivers can work with you and your doctors to help you develop a regular exercise plan and stick to it every day. At your request, we can also help with quitting smoking or other lifestyle changes.

Diet and Nutrition

Diet and nutrition is an extremely important piece of CHF management. Caregivers can help you comply with the recommended diet by planning and preparing meals that are low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. We will work closely with you and make substitutions and modifications so that you are still able to enjoy many of your favorites, but without the health risks.  

Ask your local ComForCare representative to discover more ways our caregivers can help.

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