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10 Ways You Can Help Stop CHF Flare-ups

10 Ways You Can Help Stop CHF Flare-ups

 

Ways you can stop Flare-ups

 

No matter what we do, there is always a chance of the dreaded CHF flare-up. There is however a few things we can do to help minimize the risks. I’m not a doctor but I’ve been living with CHF for over ten years now. These are just a few things I personally do to help reduce my risk.

     1 .Take you’re Medications

I know this seems like a no brainer but we all forget sometimes or even think, I’m feeling great, I bet I don’t even need to be on Med’s anymore.  Trust me, I felt this way when I was 28 and I felt great for about 8 months, then in the blink of an eye I was back in the hospital. (Lesson Learned)

 

  1. Add Zinc to your Daily Routine

Congestive Heart Failure plays havoc on our immune system. I have found taking 50-100mg per day has helped me fight off the flu and everyday sicknesses.

 

  1. Watch a Funny Movie or Television Show

By no means am I saying a watching a Chris Farley movie is going to cure depression. If you have serious depression, please seek Medical assistance immediately.  With that being said; there has been a long history of evidence showing the benefits of having a positive outlook. Make sure to surround yourself in a” bubble”of positive vibes.

 

  1. Take Vitamin C

This goes along with point 3, but it’s so important that it deserves its own place on the list.  The US is one of the only major countries that give a limit on the daily amount needed.  In Canada some patients receive Vitamin C in high doses intravenously.

 

  1. You Must be Aware of that Sodium Intake

Those of us with CHF know all about Edema a little too well. Edema is swelling due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the body’s tissue. The  problem we face is , Salt tastes good! You find hidden sodium in everything. We must be extremely aware when shopping at the grocery store and going to restaurants. Avoid the sodium or get ready for some extra Lasix’s.

 

  1. Avoid Extreme Weather Conditions 

    Depending on where we live we might now have a lot of control over this one. If you happen to live in Arizona, make sure to stay in the AC as much as you can.  Living in Chicago in January, Keep inside, dress extra warm. When dealing with either extreme, do not overexert yourself. Let someone else shovel the driveway or mow the lawn.

 

  1. Exercise, You Knew That One was Coming!

Yes, it’s true, we still have to exercise. We all know our bodies; we can tell if we’re going too hard or not hard enough. One doctor told me I would never be able lift weights again. He was so wrong, I still power-lift to this day. I listen to my body. If I need to stop; I stop. Be smart and know the difference between real issues and wanting to be lazy. LOL

 

  1. Find Support 

    This was the hardest one for me. Don’t get me wrong I had a lot of family and friends, but I felt like I was being weak, if I leaned on them. Get over it! Support whether it be help with shopping or even a shoulder to cry on is something we all need.

 

  1. Do your own Research

Doctors are a great tool, but they are by no means your only resource. It’s your life make sure you know what is going on. When I was first told I had CHF I was put on Coreg. After doing my own research I found out that taking Coreg with grapefruit juice can decrease the effectiveness of how the body breaks it down in the system. This information surprised my doctor! (Thank you, Google) That reason alone is good enough for me to triple check everything my Doctors tell me.

 

  1. Stay Positive=)

Being positive is a running theme in all I do. I’ll be the first to tell you that it doesn’t come easy for me. I have to work on it every day. Out of all the things I listed above; this is the one thing I put the most value in. A positive mindset can change your world!

 

 

As I mentioned before, I am not a doctor. I recommend you do your own research and see what works best for you. I truly believe we all have the power within to lead long full lives. We are not CHF, it doesn’t define us. We define ourselves by how we choose to deal with it and live our lives.

 

Please feel free to post a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Thanks for Reading;

 

Jim

 

Finding Westwood

 

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