Treatments for Heart Failure
People do better at living with their disease when they understand
the causes of their disease, the factors that make their condition
better or worse and how they can impact those factors.
While there is a hereditary aspect to heart failure, lifestyle
has a significant impact. People diagnosed with heart failure
are encouraged to address the following:
- Foods: fat and salt content
- Fluids: limiting fluid intake at times
- Activity: Learning to rest, conserving energy, exercises
to build strength and endurance
As with any lifestyle modifications, education
is only a first step in modifications. Compliance does not
follow easily or automatically.
Modern medications have a significant impact on living with
heart failure. The following are the common medications prescribed
for heart failure:
- ACE Inhibitors
- Beta Blockers
These modern medications are only effective
if taken as prescribed. Medication compliance is an issue
due to side effects of the medications. The medications cause
a number of side effects that leave the person not feeling
well: nausea, dizziness, etc. In addition, the number of medications
and the varying frequency of taking them contribute to non-compliance.
There's one other patient situation issue that's
important to understand. Most patients with heart failure
have other diseases and conditions as well. When caring for
a heart failure patient, whether teaching or treating, an
effective program must address the entire patient.
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