The Meaning of “Heart Failure”

This article will help equip you with the essential tools you need to take control of your heart failure and to effectively manage your symptoms.

Although it sounds scary, the term “heart failure” does not mean that your heart has stopped working. Rather, it just means that your heart is a little weaker than it should be. Like any other weakened muscle in the body, it is possible to help strengthen it through a combination of healthy lifestyle choices and appropriate medications.

Because of this, when it comes to heart failure, your daily health habits become very important. By adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can prevent your heart condition from getting worse and even help improve your heart’s function over time.
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What lifestyle habits can I change to help my heart?

  • Eating less salt 
  • Getting regular physical activity 
  • Not smoking tobacco 
  • Taking all of your medications as prescribed 

What can worsen my heart condition?

There are a few things that can “trigger” your heart failure and quickly make your heart function worse, resulting in new or worsened symptoms and possibly leading to a hospital stay:

 

  • Forgetting to take your medicines 
  • Not following your diet (such as eating too much salt or drinking too many fluids in one day) 
  • Drinking too much alcohol 

 

Don’t put your health on the line; rather, be encouraged to make smart choices throughout every day. 

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What can I do to treat my heart failure?

  • Take all your medicines every day as directed. 
  • Check your weight and blood pressure daily. 
  • Avoid or limit alcohol and caffeine. 
  • Decrease your salt and sodium intake. 
  • Limit your fluid intake to the amount recommended by your doctor. 
  • Eat a diet low in saturated fat and trans fat. 
  • Get some physical activity every day. 
  • Quit using tobacco. 
  • Get enough sleep every night. 
  • Manage your stress level. 
  • Develop a strong support system. 
What is EECP therapy?

How does EECP treat heart failure?

EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation) treatment is a non-invasive, FDA-approved outpatient therapy to reduce symptoms related to heart failure, angina, and coronary artery disease.

 

EECP is a type of passive exercise that increases blood flow to the heart while stimulating the formation of new collaterals pathways (small branches of blood vessels around the heart) to allow a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries.  85% of patients see an improvement in symptoms after completing the 35 treatments, resulting in years of benefit.

What are the benefits of EECP treatment?

  • Reduce or Eliminate Angina
  • Increase Energy and Stamina
  • Improve Circulation
  • Improve Rest and Sleep
  • Return to Healthy Daily Activities
  • Reduce or Eliminate Medications

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