Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic, progressive disease in which the heart does not supply blood to the body properly. Usually, fluid builds up around the heart and causes it to pump inefficiently, resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, and irregular heartbeat.
CHF typically occurs after other conditions have already weakened the heart. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and other heart-related conditions can be risk factors for CHF. Unfortunately, some of these factors cannot be reversed, meaning that some patients are inevitably at a higher risk for CHF.
Symptoms of CHF Include:
- Shortness of breath, even when lying down
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Persistent, dry cough
- Fatigue and weakness
- Swelling in ankles, feet, or abdomen
- Loss of appetite or nausea
Living with an advanced stage of CHF can be frustrating, disheartening, and frightening. Persistent bouts of symptoms can lead to frequent hospitalizations and late night emergency trips to the ER.
End stage heart disease patients require specific care for distressing symptoms like shortness of breath, sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with heart disease. Our specialized team of caregivers is uniquely trained in the management of cardiac disease. We dramatically improve the quality of life for those living with advanced heart disease and bring peace of mind and comfort to their families. In collaboration with your primary cardiologist, our nurses and physician will create a plan of care focused on managing the symptoms and stresses of heart disease so you can get back to living life as fully as possible.
Help for Congestive Heart Failure
Roze Room Hospice offers real help for those living with CHF:
- Respite care services that give family caregivers a much-needed break while providing expert care for your loved one
- Prevention of hospital stays and unplanned ER visits
- Management of symptoms including stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and shortness of breath
- Education about medication and coping with stress and issues related to the illness
- Whole-person, patient-focused care including physical, social, spiritual, and emotional support
- Patient and caregiver access to a registered nurse 24/7 for symptom management
- Education about the disease process, helping you understand your loved one’s disease and how to prepare for changing needs
- Full support from the Roze Room team including our medical director, nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers
People living with advanced heart disease are eligible for Roze Room care if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Chest pain and/or shortness of breath with and without activity
- Fatigue, shortness of breath, or functional decline
- Taking multiple cardiac medications or having a poor response to medications
- Patient and/or physician believe heart surgery is not a preferred option
- Personal choice not to pursue any further specialized treatment
If you are a family caregiver and have questions about the management of CHF and how to improve peace of mind and quality of life, Roze Room Hospice can help.