The most efficient way to prevent congestive heart failure is to avoid any condition that leads to or contributes to the disease. If conditions or symptoms do develop, seek a heart specialist promptly. You can, and should, manage these conditions as they develop.
Prevention Is Key
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage rings true even today. If you have an opportunity to prevent congestive heart failure, it only makes sense to take active steps to help.
- Smoking – Smoking is a significant factor in arterial damage, which leads to heart failure. Steer clear of smoking and secondhand smoke. Even better, do not start smoking in the first place.
- Diet – Consider your current diet. Can it be improved? The food you eat should contain little saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium. Instead, opt for fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, and healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
- Weight Loss – If you are currently overweight, work towards losing the pounds. Eating healthier and implementing an exercise regimen will help you achieve this goal and improve heart health, too!
How to Prevent Worsening Heart Failure
When it comes to congestive heart failure, managing the symptoms can help reduce risks. If you and your doctor have crafted a plan to improve the condition or treat it, take a few steps yourself to prevent heart failure from worsening.
- Blood Pressure – Keep your blood pressure regulated – not too high. With heart failure, the release of hormones forces the blood vessels to tighten and constrict. The heart works overtime to pump blood. Controlling your blood pressure ensures more effective pumping capacity.
- Fluid Balance – Your doctor may request that you keep a record of the fluids you drink and foods you eat. The more fluid you carry, the harder your heart works to pump excess fluid throughout the body.