Managing Heart Failure
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Basically, the heart cannot keep up with its workload. The body depends on the heart’s pumping action to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body’s cells. When the cells are nourished properly, the body can function normally.
With heart failure (also called congestive heart failure), the weakened heart cannot supply the cells with enough blood. This results in fatigue, shortness of breath and sometimes swelling of the lower legs.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Heart failure is a serious condition that can worsen over time, if not properly managed. Many people with heart failure can lead a full, enjoyable life when the condition is controlled with medications, ongoing medical supervision and healthy lifestyle changes such as:
- Losing or maintaining your weight
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a heart healthy, low sodium diet
- Managing stress
- Being physically active
- Monitoring your weight and blood pressure
The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing offers education and support to help those affected by heart failure. Clients learn to self-monitor and manage the condition, including proper nutrition and physical activity recommendations. Our unique and multi-dimensional Health & Wellbeing Assessment helps to identify actions, education and lifestyle modifications that can benefit you.
A nutritional assessment and one-on-one counseling from a registered dietitian.
A personalized exercise action plan, including exercise education and demonstration, is developed in consultation with an exercise physiologist/certified health coach.