If you are in the early stages of congestive heart failure (CHF), there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to help you live a higher quality of life. From eating healthier to quitting nicotine use, there are many ways to fight the onset of congestive heart failure.
If you are concerned about your heart health, make an appointment with a Middle Georgia Heart doctor.
Consider these three lifestyle changes to make:
Implement an Exercise Routine
An exercise routine that includes aerobic exercises are great for people with CHF. Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise that increases your heart rate such as swimming or biking. When you have regular, aerobic exercise, you are “working out” your heart, making it stronger and healthier. Our team of experts would be glad to discuss a work out routine that would greatly benefit you.
Be Intentional About Your Diet
In basic terms, congestive heart failure occurs when your heart has trouble pumping blood throughout the body. Excess fluid in your body can make it even harder on your heart to accomplish this important task. When you eat, be intentional about avoiding using an excess amount of salt/sodium, as sodium retains fluids.
Monitor Your Weight
Monitoring your weight will help your doctor make informed decisions about your medicine dosage, as an influx in weight can be a signal that your body is retaining too much fluid. The medicine your doctor prescribes will help your body release the retained fluid, thus helping your heart pump blood easier.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign of congestive heart failure:
- Coughing & Wheezing
- Inability to Exercise
- Increased Nighttime Urination
- Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat
- Shortness of Breath
- Swollen Legs, Ankles, or Feet
- Trouble Concentrating
- Weight Gain
Schedule an appointment with a Middle Georgia Heart specialist to receive comprehensive and compassionate treatment.