About-Heart-Failure

About Heart Failure

Understanding your illness and treatment can help you feel more in control. Dealing with heart disease involves many different healthcare professionals. You will receive a lot of new and complex information, so it is important to ask questions.

Heart failure does not mean that your heart is no longer beating, it actually means it is no longer pumping as well as it should.  Although there is generally no cure for heart failure, there are ways to manage symptoms and lead a healthier lifestyle. Helping to increase your quality of life.  If you or a loved one are suffering from end-stage heart disease, Heart ‘n Home can help.

Signs of Heart Failure

  • Shortness of breath, especially when lying down.
  • Feeling tired and run-down all the time.
  • Swelling in feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen.
  • Angina (pain or discomfort in the chest).
  • Weight gain from fluid buildup.
  • Confusion or unable to think clearly.
  • Chronic coughing or wheezing (producing white or pink mucus).
  • Nausea or lack of appetite.
  • High blood pressure.

Causes of Heart Failure

  • Clogged arteries don’t let enough blood flow to the heart.
  • Past heart attack has done damage to the heart muscle.
  • Heart defects present since birth.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart valve disease.
  • Diseases of the heart muscle.
  • Infection of the heart and/or heart valves.

Managing heart failure can be difficult and sometimes the physical tasks are too much to do without assistance.  Caregivers can provide a much needed support and those who live with patients have the greatest impact to encourage and support their new healthier life style. As a caregiver, you need direction and a plan. Heart ‘n Home can help end-stage heart disease patients with support and a care team to manage and alleviate heart failure symptoms. Contact us today to see if hospice support is right for you.

(Adapted from the American Heart Association)

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