Treatment for Heart Failure
A heart failure diagnosis may make you feel scared, but it doesn’t have to make you feel helpless. Depending on the severity of the condition, you have options that can help alleviate symptoms along with slowing down and even reversing heart failure.
Did you know?
There are two significant ways to treat heart failure:
- Medications that will help improve the overall performance of the heart
- Surgeries that can help repair any damage to the heart and get it back to operating at full capacity
Because the stages and severity of heart failure are different in each case, the treatment plans and effectiveness will vary from patient to patient — another reason why early detection and intervention is so important.
Preventing and Managing Symptoms of Heart Failure
The key to preventing heart disease is to reduce your risk factors. You can control or eliminate many of the risk factors and help manage symptoms of heart disease by making healthy lifestyle changes, including:
- Control your blood pressure. It is essential to check your blood pressure regularly – at least once a year for most adults- and more often if you have high blood pressure.
- Keep your cholesterol under control. High cholesterol levels can clog your arteries and raise your risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack.
- Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight can increase your risk for heart disease.
- Eat a healthy diet. Try to limit saturated fats, foods high in sodium, and added sugars.
- Get regular exercise. Exercise has many benefits, including strengthening your heart and improving your circulation.
- Limit alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
- Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking raises your blood pressure and puts you at higher risk for heart attack.
- Manage stress. Stress can be a trigger for a heart attack.
- Manage diabetes. Having diabetes doubles your risk of diabetic heart disease.
- Make sure that you get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol can add an average of ten years to a person’s lifespan. Which means a healthier heart is in your hands.
CorsoCare Is Here for You
For more information on heart failure and how CorsoCare can support you and your loved one, call us at 248-438-8535.