What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a chronic, progressive disease in which the heart does not supply blood to the body properly. Usually, fluid builds up around the heart and causes it to pump inefficiently, resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, and irregular heartbeat.
CHF typically occurs after other conditions have already weakened the heart. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and other heart related conditions can be risk factors for CHF. Unfortunately, some of these factors cannot be reversed, meaning that some patients are inevitably at a higher risk for CHF.
As someone who may be the primary caregiver of someone living with CHF, you may feel that you have been thrown into the caregiver role and you are unsure how to help. And while there is no cure, Palladium Hospice and Palliative Care can allow both patients and their caregivers to live comfortably, more fully and with less stress despite this advanced illness.
When is The Right Time for Palladium Care?
- Common indicators that hospice might be appropriate for someone living with CHF include:
- Frequent visits to the emergency room
- Episodes of respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath
- Fluid accumulation in the lungs or lower extremities
- Limited ability to perform activities of daily living
- Medication required for fluid retention, chest pain, or respiratory symptoms
Palladium understands that heart disease patients require specialized care. We can assist cardiac patients with prevention and management of cardiac symptoms related to illness. Our specialized teams of nurses and caregivers are uniquely trained in the management of cardiac disease. In collaboration with family caregivers, our nurses and medical director will aid in relieving shortness of breath, sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with heart disease.
Some of the benefits our care offers to the patient include:
- Symptom prevention as opposed to crisis management
- Prevention of hospital stays and ER visits
- Management of the most prevalent symptoms including: shortness of breath, fluid retention, anxiety, and depression
- Patient and caregiver access to a Registered Nurse 24/7 for symptom management
- Full support of Palladium’s interdisciplinary team including our medical director, nurses, and CNAs
- Individual plan of care for each patient and their family
- Education about medication and coping with stress, sleep disorders, fatigue, and other symptoms experienced by cardiac patients
If you or a loved one has CHF and are interested in learning more about supportive care, contact the Palladium team at (888) 502-4646 for answers, support, and improved quality of life.