Heart Disease/CHF

Diseases of the heart and vascular system are numerous, dangerous, and can be life altering. They include heart attacks, ischemic strokes, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, heart valve problems, and congestive heart failure to name a few.

Common symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, swelling in feet and ankles, weakness, fatigue, numbness, fluttering or racing heart, and pain in jaw, neck, upper back, and shoulder.

**Always call 911 if symptoms of heart attack, stroke, or other emergencies are suspected. **

Many people who are diagnosed with a heart condition will eventually receive a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). CHF means the heart muscle is weakened and is not pumping blood as powerfully as a normal heart. Symptoms such as swelling of extremities and shortness of breath are common.

CHF is known as the top hospital admitting diagnosis for people over the age of 65. Some of the hospital admissions may be avoidable. Ongoing communication and monitoring by the doctor are usually recommended.

Doctors often recommend a low salt diet to keep CHF symptoms manageable. Lifestyle changes, daily weight checks, as well as other medical treatment recommendations can improve symptoms and quality of life.

Home visiting nursing for symptom management and monitoring can be helpful. Physical and Occupational Therapies can work with balance and strengthening as well as energy conservation strategies. Please ask your doctor about a referral to Axiom Home Care or call us at 734- 324-3166.

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