If you have been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), or have been battling the disease for years, you are part of a large group in today’s society. In fact, you are joining approximately 5 million people in the United Stated this year. Every day patients are being hospitalized due to difficulties related to CHF, making it one of the top 5 diagnoses of patients in hospitals across the U.S.
Simply stated, CHF is a problem in which the heart is not able to pump blood sufficiently to meet the needs of the body. CHF is not a heart attack, and it’s not a disease. Since the hearts of individuals with CHF are not pumping blood adequately to the muscles and tissues, patients suffer from general weakness and fatigue. Since fluid buildup can occur in the lungs, patients very often experience shortness of breath as well swelling. Although pharmacological management of CHF is necessary, there are additional steps that you need to take to maintain your strength, endurance, and independence. If you are medically stable and cleared by your physician, participation in a regular exercise program may be exactly what you need. An exercise program designed specifically for your needs by a Physical Therapist can lead to increased strength, decreased fatigue, increased activity tolerance, increased oxygen levels, and ultimately an improved quality of life and maximum independence.
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