Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition where the heart muscle is unable to pump blood effectively. This can lead to a buildup of fluid in the body, which can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs and ankles.
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Smoking, drinking alcohol, and inactivity
Most common symptoms of CHF include:
- Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity or when lying flat
- Fatigue or weakness
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Arrythmias or irregular heartbeat
- Cough or wheezing
Treatment for CHF:
Congestive heart failure is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests.
Treatment for CHF typically involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. You may be prescribed medications to reduce fluid buildup, medications to lower blood pressure, and medications to improve heart function. In severe disease, heart transplant or other surgical interventions may be considered.
Things you can do:
- Eating a healthy, low salt diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Managing stress
Upperline Plus providers can develop a CHF management plan that works for you. They can also help you understand your medications and provide additional resources and support including, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and mental health services.
Contact one of our Upperline Health convenient clinics to get your CHF treatment started.