Congestive Heart Failure and Boynton Beach Seniors
Heart failure (also known as congestive heart failure) occurs when your heart muscle does not pump blood as well as it should. This results in the body retaining too much fluid, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, and swelling in the extremities and other heart problems.
Congestive heart failure affects many seniors in Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, and Delray Beach and nearly 6 million Americans across the country. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than age 65, according to AARP.
According to the American Heart Association, many people with heart failure lead full enjoyable lives when the condition is appropriately managed. Management requires proper medications, monitoring, and assistance from healthcare providers and by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
What Are the Causes of Heart Failure?
- Hypertension and High Blood Pressure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attacks
- Heart Valve Issues
- Obesity, diabetes, drug abuse, thyroid disease
There are four stages of this condition: A, B, C, and D with A being the initial stage and D being the final stage. The goal of lifestyle change and treatment is to slow down the progression of the disease from one stage to the next.
How Can it be Detected?
Your doctor can diagnose CHF. They will look at your medical history, review your symptoms, and conduct an examination. Your doctor will also look for risk factors, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Chronic heart failure can be detected via a combination of several methods including through blood tests, through an MRI, an echocardiogram, an ECG, a stress test, blood tests, or through cardiac catheterization.
How is Heart Failure Treated?
If you are a Boynton Beach area senior and you had a diagnosis of heart failure or you’ve recently been hospitalized for heart failure or fluid overload and have symptoms such as shortness of breath or swelling in your legs or feet Dr. Rodriguez and the multidisciplinary medical team here at MMR Healthcare will review your symptoms and any tests that have been performed. We will conduct a complete medication review of your heart failure drugs and counsel you on the proper diet and exercise plan to help treat your condition
At MMR Healthcare in Boynton Beach, one of our primary goals is to reduce your chronic heart failure symptoms while keeping you out of the hospital. The Heart Failure Clinic is here to do just that. Our credo is ‘Coordination of care leads to healthcare excellence.’ Call (561) 364-8056 and ask how you can get enrolled in our heart failure clinic today!
Who Can We Help?
- If you have received a diagnosis of heart failure.
- If you have recently been hospitalized for heart failure or fluid overload.
- If you have symptoms like shortness of breath, swelling in your legs or feet, or are easily fatigued.
How Do We Help You?
Our heart failure clinic team will review your symptoms and any tests that have been performed. We will conduct a complete medication review of your heart failure drugs. We will then counsel you on the proper diet and exercise path to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain at the CHF stage you are at as long as possible.
Our clinical cardiovascular pharmacist Genevieve Hale, PharmD, BCPS will provide counseling for your medications.
A nurse is always on call for you. Whenever your symptoms worsen or before going to the ER, call Gia Stair LPN at 561-806-4920.