Heart Failure Basics
Learn what types of medications are often prescribed to help manage heart failure, and their side effects.
Understand the importance of keeping to a daily medication routine and learn a few strategies to keeping your medications organized.
Heart failure is a condition that causes the muscle in the heart wall to slowly weaken and enlarge, preventing the heart from pumping enough blood. Learn what the signs of heart failure are, what causes heart failure, how it is treated, and what you can do to manage your heart failure.
This disease is caused by a weakening of the heart muscle. It primarily affects the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. In a heart with dilated cardiomyopathy, the diseased muscle fibers have stretched and the chamber has enlarged to make up for its lost pumping power. A heart affected by dilated cardiomyopathy has difficulty supplying enough blood flow to meet the body's needs. This can result in heart failure.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a thickening of the lower main pumping chamber of the heart (the left ventricle). It can affect people of any age but is more likely as age increases. It is most often diagnosed in middle age and symptoms can vary widely.
Understanding and following your personal treatment plan can help reduce your heart failure symptoms.
See what usually occurs during healthcare appointments, and how discussions with your provider can help manage your heart failure.
Watch how making a few healthy adjustments in your everyday routine can reduce your symptoms of heart failure.
Watch this to learn what ejection fraction is and how it will be monitored throughout your treatment for heart failure.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, has several symptoms including shortness of breath, fluid buildup (edema) and fatigue. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it's important for you to manage and keep track of symptoms and report any sudden changes to your healthcare team.
Learn about your discharge information, and that following your instructions carefully may help you avoid another admission to the hospital.
A diagnosis of heart failure or congestive heart failure (CHF) can be scary, but learning more about the disease really helps. This program explains how to care for yourself after discharge. Includes warning signs to watch for, information on daily weighing, and other tips for transitioning home.
Recognizing an increase in your symptoms of heart failure can help you take action to avoid a trip to the hospital.
Understand that negative emotions often accompany the symptoms of heart failure, and that there are resources available for help.
About 5.7 million Americans are living with heart failure today. In fact, it's one of the most common reasons why people 65 and older go into the hospital. Fortunately, heart failure can be treated. Getting good medical care, following doctor's orders and learning about heart failure will help you lead a comfortable life. You can help by taking your medicine as your doctor tells you, and by following your eating and exercise plans.
Heart Failure Lifestyle Changes
Watch this to help understand what a heart-healthy diet is and how it can help you manage your heart failure.
This program helps you to understand how creating goals for your treatment can help you manage your heart failure day-to-day.
Learn how much sodium you should have each day, and a few tips for reducing the amount of sodium that you eat.
The hospital is no one's favorite place to be and after an extended stay the last thing a patient wants to do is go back. "Avoiding Hospital Readmissions: Heart Failure" discusses a patient's role in preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions. It covers critical information on how to better understand discharge instructions and continued recovery at home.
After suffering a heart attack, Patsy is diagnosed with heart failure and has to make adjustments to her daily routines.
Ronnie has been living with his heart failure diagnosis, making changes to his exercise and nutrition habits to keep his condition under control.