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Tips for Caregivers: Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body, resulting in fluid buildup in the lungs and extremities. But with the right treatment plan, CHF can be managed with good results.

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What to do right now

If you’re caring for someone with CHF, follow these six tips to help them manage their symptoms and live a long, more active life.

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Tip 1:
Check their fluid intake
People with CHF may need to limit how much liquid they consume because too much fluid can cause swelling, increasing the workload on the heart. 
  • Talk to their doctor about ideal fluid intake, including on hot days.
  • Ask their doctor if they recommend diuretics to help get rid of excess water.
  • Be careful to prevent falls. People experiencing swelling are more likely to fall, as mobility becomes more difficult.
  • Get extra help: Get a medical alert device. When a fall is detected, it will quickly call for emergency help.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. If you are seeking medical advice, please consult with your licensed physician or other qualified health provider.

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