Congestive Heart Failure

Treatment of congestive heart failure (CHF) can include medications to increase heart pumping capacity or help your system remove excess fluid and sodium.

Availability of such medications has led to a drastic increase in life expectancy of people diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Also important in treatment of congestive heart failure is making lifestyle choices that can help prevent further damage or lead to improvement in your condition. Key risk factors for CFH include obesity, diabetes, and use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, so any measures to lose weight, manage diabetes, and eliminate tobacco, alcohol, and drug use are likely to help. Reducing salt intake and taking care of hypertension can help as well. Other key steps include getting regular exercise and adequate rest.

To help you deal with conditions contributing to congestive heart failure, Medicare offers the following preventive care services:

Alcohol Abuse Counseling
Can help you live a life free from alcohol dependency.  Click here for more information.

Diabetes Screenings, Diabetes Self-Management Training, and Diabetes Supplies can help you cope with diabetes and reduce the effects of this contributor to CHF.

Nutrition Therapy [link to 101 page] can help you manage lifestyle factors affecting your diet.

Obesity Screening and Counseling [link to 101 page] covers intensive counseling to help you lose weight and lower your risk of CHF.

Tobacco Dependency Counseling [link to 101 page] can help put the dangers of smoking behind you.

Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit [link to 101 page] is a comprehensive exam, focusing on prevention, offered during your first year on Medicare. This visit and testing can help spot any problems and make it possible to put together a game plan suitable for dealing with CHF head-on.

Keeping a positive attitude and making responsible choices can be a difference-maker when it comes to dealing with congestive heart failure. Early detection and preventive care are extremely important in dealing with this condition. Unfortunately, many people suffering from congestive heart failure are unaware of any connection between certain symptoms they may have and their heart. If you’re suffering from any symptoms possibly associated with CHF, it’s important to tell your doctor as soon as possible.

For further information about Medicare Advantage [link], Medicare supplement insurance [link], or any other coverage that may help you deal with congestive heart failure or any other condition, contact a licensed, bonded representative [link] who can answer any questions you may have and help you find the health coverage that’s right for you at a price you can afford.

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