If you, a friend or family member have trouble breathing, swollen feet or ankles, unexplained weight gain, dizziness or confusion, it is important that you see your doctor. Most of the symptoms above could be a sign of Congestive Heart Failure or CHF.
CHF is a very serious chronic health condition that needs to be monitor by your doctor. In simple terms, CHF occurs when your heart is not able to be as efficient as it should be. If you think of your body like the plumbing in your house, the heart is the main pump for your body. If it has trouble keeping up, it will cause fluid to build up in your body, which can cause the above symptoms. You and your doctor can discuss the best plan of care.
One of the options to help manage CHF is by using TeleHealth. Telehealth is an interactive solution that will help you manage your health each day in your home. An in-home machine will securely monitor your vital signs, weight, and symptoms and take your daily Health Check. The data is analyzed and communicated to your health care team if a change in medication or treatment plan is needed. Telehealth is a service offered though Baptist Health Home Care. The home care team will also provide education about CHF, such as how to recognize signs and symptoms, when to call your doctor, and how to implement lifestyle changes to help with your condition.
In addition to TeleHealth, Baptist Health Home Care offers other services for the CHF patient. Nurses will provide education about CHF and help manage and educate on new medications. Physical therapists will help with strengthening and increasing mobility. Occupational therapists will help with energy conservation and activities of daily living, ADLS. If you are living with CHF, talk to your doctor about Baptist Health Home Care and find out how we can help you manage your condition.