Improving quality of life for patients with Chronic Heart Disease in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Nassau County.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can be fatal. Seniors are at an especially high risk. In fact, the CDC says that it is the leading cause of disease in those over 65 and is more prevalent among men. Understandably, heart failure is the most common reason for hospital admissions in people over the age of 65.
In reality, heart disease is a slow killer and is the result of the heart gradually weakening and failing. Concurrently, the sufferer undergoes a gradual weakening of the body, an inability to breath, movement becomes difficult, the legs and extremities begin to swell and the person feels an overwhelming fatigue. Death by heart disease can take weeks, months or even years. During that time period, the patient often endures debilitating discomfort and suffering and, at its end stages, it is often beneficial to seek palliative care.
Even with recent medical advances, heart disease remains the number one killer around the world. Many people mistakenly believe that heart disease means a quick death. They think that most people suffer a major cardiac event precipitating a rapid death, usually with no preliminary symptoms. However, in most situations, that is not the case.
There are many potential risk factors for CHF. These include the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack, cardiomyopathy as well as conditions that weaken the heart, such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, kidney disease, diabetes and birth defects. CHF can be managed and treated by working with a physician prescribing appropriate medications. Utilizing non-medical treatments as well as in-home caregivers can alleviate the situation and ensure proper care.
Having a caregiver in the home that has knowledge of CHF can help the patient to get the fastest and best possible treatment. Especially relevant, CHF must be promptly treated in order to avoid complications or more serious issues.
A typical routine for CHF includes: