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Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of CHF Can Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Home Care Agencies and Patients Can Detect Signs and Symptoms of Increased CHF and Know When to Call the Doctor

Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition and though some patients can be “cured” if it is caught very early and they maintain a strict care plan, most patients who are Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of CHF Can Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Ratesdiagnosed with CHF will cope with it throughout the rest of their lives. This doesn’t mean that you are going to constantly be in the hospital or undergoing intensive treatments. In fact, most people with CHF can maintain normal, happy lives while still remaining compliant with their care plan.

Keeping this in mind, you should know that having CHF means having to be very self-aware and noticing when symptoms arise that warrant a call to the doctor. CHF can escalate quite quickly and you can avoid serious medical consequences if you recognize the signs that tell you it’s time to get some immediate attention.

There are several serious complications related to CHF, and knowing the symptoms can help you to get the treatment you need in a time frame that gives you the best possible chance of a positive outcome. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor’s emergency number of 911:

Signs of Sudden Heart Failure

  • Unexpected weight gain of 3 or more pounds within a day or two
  • Sudden severe problems breathing
  • Sudden irregular or erratic heartbeat accompanied by dizziness or nausea
  • Coughing up a pink foam
  • Sudden weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing during exercise or activities that don’t usually cause these problems
  • A chronic dry cough that worsens when you lie down

Signs of Stroke

  • Blurring vision or other vision changes
  • Difficulty speaking or slurring of speech
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty comprehending simple communication from others
  • Difficulty moving
  • Sudden imbalance
  • A rapidly-forming, severe headache that is unlike other headaches you have had

Being honest about how you are feeling is an important part of managing your health. If you notice any changes in your symptoms that seem strange or persist, let your doctor know. It  is always better to ask a question than to suffer serious consequences because you waited.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and

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