Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart is unable to deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the body, and can result in a series of other, more serious health problems. CHF can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, including chronic conditions that weaken the heart muscle over time or cause it to become stiffer, and diseases that increase the body’s oxygen needs beyond what the heart can circulate through the bloodstream.
Over 5 million people in the United States suffer from CHF, and it is the leading cause of hospitalization among seniors over 65 years of age. Seniors with CHF have the highest rate of hospital readmissions among any population.
The most common conditions that result in CHF include:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Severe lung disease
- Damage after a heart attack
- Damage to the heart as a result of infections
CHF is a progressive, chronic disease. While the symptoms can be managed, there is not yet any cure for the disease. But with the proper management strategy, there can be positive outcomes to CHF. Lifestyle modifications are perhaps the most critical way that we can reduce the severity of the disease.
HealthFlex’s CHF Management Program is specifically designed to empower and support the patient and their family to manage the disease. Our CHF Management Program uses an integrated approach including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and registered dietitians.