Taking care of your heart is crucial, especially if you have heart failure. Heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump blood efficiently, as seen by shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and exhaustion. Heart Failure Awareness Month in 2022 is a great time to raise awareness about the problem while offering simple tips to help heart failure patients live a better and happier life.
Heart failure is a chronic disease that can be adequately controlled with proper treatment and care. Patients with heart failure can benefit greatly from regular interactions with their cardiologists, adherence to prescribed treatment plans, and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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Dr. K Sarat Chandra, a senior cardiologist at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Hyderabad, a former editor of the Indian Heart Journal and former chairman of the Cardiological Society of India, said: “In India, heart failure is a growing problem and Reasons for this are the high prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and heart attack. Very often we see younger people who come with these conditions. To prevent these problems, we need to improve our lifestyle, exercise regularly, quit smoking and limit alcohol intake Also control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol In terms of heart failure, a number of new treatments have been put in place and early treatment will benefit our patients. “.
Here are some tips for all heart failure patients:
* Talk to your cardiologist: It’s a good idea to have regular conversations with your cardiologist. Report new or worsening symptoms immediately. These timely reviews will help you keep track of your progress and receive the right advice at the right time.
* Check your salt intake: Improper blood flow to the kidneys causes the body to retain water and fluids, causing inflammation of the legs, abdomen and ankles, increased urination and weight gain. High salt intake is known to cause extra fluid buildup in the body and worsen heart failure. Therefore, control your salt intake by lowering the salt levels in your meals, substituting salt for herbs and spices, or choosing “low salt” or preferably “no added salt” when buying canned or frozen foods.
* Track your fluid intake: Drinking plenty of fluids can make your heart failure worse. It is advisable to limit drinks such as tea, juice and soft drinks, as well as foods high in water such as soups, watermelon or even ice cream! Rapid weight gain can be a sign of fluid buildup in the body.
* Follow prescribed treatment: Keeping up to date with your medication as prescribed is crucial for effective management of heart failure. Use reminders or alarms to never miss a dose or date! If you live alone, stick sticky notes in your closet or refrigerator as an easy reminder.
According to Prof. (Dr.) Sundeep Mishra, a former professor in the Department of Cardiology at AIIMS and currently Vice-Chancellor (President) of NIMS University, “With the growing burden of heart failure in India, especially the younger population, it is The key reason for the increase in cases of heart failure is the growing dependence on a sedentary lifestyle, increased consumption of salt, sugar and fat in the diet. “Increased stress levels can still be better managed through regular treatment, and regular conversations with a cardiologist and a holistic treatment plan can help you better manage your illness.”
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