Congestive heart failure is an entity that affects many individuals, and is related to many different causes.
The best way to manage congestive heart failure can be quite simple. Its five simple rules:
Rule #1: Manage your liquid intake
Average liquid intake for people with congestive heart failure should be around two liters per day.
Rule #2: Take your medications
It’s very important to consistently use the medications that your doctor or caregiver has prescribed for you.
Rule #3: Weigh yourself every day
Make sure to weigh yourself at the same time of day and record it. Watch for a weight gain of five pounds over three days. This may mean that you need to adjust your medications, and should speak with your care provider.
Rule #4: Manage your sodium intake
This doesn’t just apply to the salt on the table. Look at the sodium content on the nutrition labels of the foods you are buying, as well. Processed meats and cured items are a couple examples of food items with a lot of sodium in them.
Rule #5: Exercise!
Get out and use your heart muscle to help it stay strong. Remember, your heart is a muscle, and it needs to be exercised like any other muscle.
With these five simple steps, managing congestive heart failure can be a lot easier, and you can improve your quality of life significantly.
Dr. Sheldon Goldberg is a Board-Certified Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has a special interest in the area of wound healing and pain management. He is currently the Medical Director of Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver. Dr. Goldberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver Medical School. He has done research in the area of sound healing and pain management in the past. He is graduate of the Autonomous University of the City of Juarez and his undergraduate background includes national certification as a Physician’s Assistant with special interest in cardiology, rheumatology, and orthopedic surgery. He also holds a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.