If you have never experienced the symptoms of congestive heart failure, then you can’t fully understand the impact and fear that it can cause for people who are dealing with it. Congestive heart failure isn’t referring to a heart attack, as is easy to assume if you don’t know what the condition is. It refers to a weakened heart condition in which the heart can no longer pump blood throughout the body at the rate that it used to. 670,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with heart failure each year. Currently, there are more than 6 million people who are suffering from some form of heart failure.
One of the main goals when it comes to congestive heart failure care at home is to reduce hospital readmission rates. So while you’re providing this level of care for a loved one, you need to ask yourself if you’re providing the right level of care that will actually be helpful in being able to reduce hospital readmission rates. More importantly, are you able to provide the right level of care so that your loved one will remain as healthy as possible while they deal with this devastating condition?
When a person has congestive heart disease, their body is no longer getting the right level of nutrients and oxygen that it needs because the heart can no longer pump enough blood through the body. The pressure in the heart will increase or the walls of the heart can begin to harden. Over time, the kidneys will no longer be able to process the fluids in the body properly and these fluids can build up in the arms or legs and even the lungs. If they fill up in the lungs, it can feel as though you’re drowning.
Congestive heart failure care at home should be provided by someone who understands the condition and knows what level of strenuous activities the elderly individual can take part in. It doesn’t matter how much you love your mother or father or another person in your family, if you don’t know the proper steps to take to help them stay as healthy and strong for as long as possible, then they could be put in a situation where they suffer an attack, such as fluid building in the lungs.
If you want your loved one to be healthy and safe for as long as possible, they deserve a professional to provide the right congestive heart failure care at home.
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