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Being Compliant with Medications Can Keep CHF Patients from Readmitting from the Hospital

By: Expert Author Martha Berk, Owner, Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, Dover NH

Take Your Medications on Time- Avoid Complications of Congestive Heart Failure

Following your physician recommendations for treating your congestive heart failure is critical to managing the condition. CongestiveBeing Compliant with Medications Can Keep CHF Patients from Readmitting from the Hospital heart failure is a condition in which your heart is weekend in is unable to pump the amount of blood necessary to maintain your body’s functions. The medications that are prescribed by your physician are designed to do a variety of things including:

  • Strengthening your heart to improve its ability to pump blood
  • Increase the size of blood vessels to allow the blood to flow more easily through the body
  • Lowering the strain on the heart
  • Reducing scar tissue that may be present on the heart
  • Decreasing the amount of water in the body
  • Decreasing the amount of sodium in the body
  • Treating heart rhythms that have become abnormal due to the weakness
  • Lowering high blood pressure

 

It is important that you take your medications at the same time on a daily basis in order to manage your CHF and prevent it from worsening. Make sure that you follow the recommendations of your doctor as to when these medication should be taken, and if they should be taken with food or on an empty stomach. Regardless of the purpose of the medication, do not stop taking any of your prescriptions without first consulting with your doctor. Even if the purpose of the medication is to improve one of your symptoms and you begin to feel better, you must first talk with your physician prior to making any changes in your medication routine. It is possible that stopping any of the medications that you take could cause issues with your other medications.

If you notice that any of your CHF symptoms are not improving, or are getting worse, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Congestive heart failure can worsen rapidly and become a life-threatening condition. Not all medications work for all patients, and your physician may want to adjust your prescriptions to find options right for you. In addition to taking your medications on time, make sure that you are also familiar with any side effects or contraindications related to that medication. It is important that you are fully informed of how the medication works in your body so you can manage your diet and anything else that may impact how the medication works, or how your body functions when taking the medication.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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