For individuals with congestive heart failure, often simple lifestyle changes can be the best course of treatment. Unfortunately, changes of diet and exercise can be difficult to implement – especially alone. It takes time to make lasting change to instill healthy habits. Although It is not possible to reverse congestive heart failure once it has been diagnosed, the progression can be managed, even slowed.
Heart failure means your heart isn’t pumping as strong as it should be. As a result, your body isn’t getting enough of the oxygen-rich blood needed for healthy body movement and functioning. Congestive heart failure is a type of heart failure which requires quick medical attention. As the blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up. This causes congestion in the body’s tissues. This can result in fluid collecting in the lungs and can interfere with breathing.
Some alarming statistics:
- 6 million Americans are living with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association
- From 1994-2004, there was a 300% increase in worldwide heart failure cases
- Of patients admitted ffor acute heart failure, the mortality rates are 5% during admission, 10% within the first month and 20% within six months
- In the United States, the total annual cost of heart failure is close to $50 billion
- Chronic hypertension causes 40% of heart failures with heart attacks being in second place with 35%
The New York Heart Association Classification System describes the severity of heart failure in a patient as follows:
Class 1 – Heart disease with no limitation of physical activity
Class 2 – Heart disease resulting in slight limitation of physical activity
Class 3 – Heart disease resulting in market limitation of physical activity
Class 4 – Heart disease resulting in inability to perform any physical activity
Allumé is committed to studying congestive heart failure and providing innovative models of care which slow the risk, as well as the progression of heart disease, and congestive heart failure. Many factors affect the risk of heart failure, along with its progression. We seek to understand, assess, and work with your cardiologist and care providers to develop a Curated Care Plan which meets your individual needs.
Risk factors include:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Hyperactive thyroid
- Past heart attack
- Abnormal heart valves
- Congenital heart defect
- Heart muscle disease
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Certain types of chemotherapy
How Can Allumé Help?
Allumé supports your Cardiac Rehab Program. Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program to help heart patients improve overall physical, mental, and social function. We help implement, at home, the Cardiac Rehab Program developed by your doctors and therapists:
- Monitor and track your health through regular at-home visits or remote technology to ensure your health remains stable
- Identify issues which could become serious and work with your doctors and therapists to prevent more serious medical events from occurring
- Physical activity tailored to your needs and limits
- Education to help you understand your condition and how to manage it
- Support and training to help you rehabilitate and return to your regular activities
- Support and help making the lifestyle changes – including diet, nutrition, and movement – which can help keep illness at bay
Cardiac services operate under Allume Home Care, LLC, our home health business. We are currently requesting licensure as a Connecticut home health agency. We are not Medicare certified.
Our Areas of Curated Focus™:
Complex, Continuous Care
Sharing life with a loved one with complex medical needs is not easy. Whether a parent, a spouse, or an adult child, when someone we love is suffering, life is hard. Allumé provides the support and skilled care families need to keep the ones they care about most about out of the hospital or long-term care facility.
Congestive Heart Failure
Allumé provides support to individuals with congestive heart failure in living life to its fullest despite a challenging diagnosis. Although it is impossible to reverse congestive heart failure once it has been diagnosed, its progression can be managed, even slowed with proper care and simple lifestyle changes.
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