6.2 million adults in the United States have congestive heart failure (CHF). This chronic condition can not be cured but by following your doctor’s care plan you can improve your symptoms and live a healthier life. CHF, also know as heart failure does not mean your heart is not working. It just means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should be. It is important to understand your care plan. A care plan might include:
A care plan can help you manage your CHF daily. By knowing what symptoms to watch out for and what medications to take to help you can take better control of your CHF. Your doctor will work with you to set up a care plan that is right for you.
If you are not sure where to start you can ask these questions at your next visit:
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP, or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure, that is why It is very important to check your blood pressure regularly.
How to use a home blood pressure monitor
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is to get your blood pressure measured. Talk with your health care team about how you can manage your blood pressure and lower your risk.
Watching your fluid intake can help keep swelling down. This keeps your heart from having to work harder. Here is one way to track the fluid you are eating or drinking:
Ways to make it easier to drink less include:
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP, or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure.
77% of the sodium that Americans eat comes from processed and restaurant foods.
Reading food labels and cooking at home can help limit how much salt (sodium) you’re eating. Food and drinks high in salt may not even taste salty. Salt can be found in processed foods. Make sure to look at food labels to see how much sodium is in each serving.
Some foods and drinks with hidden sodium include:
You can lower your sodium by choosing lower sodium options. It may take some time for your taste buds to adjust to cooking without salt. This change will be worth it for your health. Start your grocery shopping with fruits and vegetables in the produce section. Fresh fruits and vegetables have almost no sodium.
Ask your doctor what you should do if your weight is not in that range. Follow your action plan if you have fluid buildup.
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Posted on December 10th, 2020 and last modified on January 4th, 2022.top