Family Caregivers Assisting Loved One with Congestive Heart Failure
A family caregiver can catch many of the early signs of heart disease that can lead to congestive heart failure by keeping an observing eye for specific signs and symptoms. Knowing if your loved one is more likely to be susceptible to heart failure is important. Talk with your loved one’s doctor about their heart failure risks and any specific prevention measures they recommend. Push Button Care helps family caregivers save time and have peace of mind while managing their loved ones daily aging in place needs and health concerns.
Important Heart Disease Facts
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
- One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
- About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Keep a personal health record up to date with your loved one’s past medical history, social history, and other important information. Use this to update healthcare professionals quickly when needed.
- High Blood Pressure
- Living with Diabetes
- Abuse Drugs or Alcohol
- Smoke Tobacco
- Being Overweight
- Having an Enlarged Heart or Family History
- Physical Inactivity
- High LDL Cholesterol
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure Family Caregivers Should Be Aware of Include
Keep a log of health vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level, and body weight. Our mobile app makes it simple to track vital signs & symptoms and receive alerts and support if needed.
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing or wheezing especially after exercise or while laying down
- Feeling sick to your stomach, nausea, or not hungry, lack of appetite
- Feeling dizzy
- Coughing up white or pink mucus with blood in it
- Feeling tired all the time
- Confusion, memory loss, or feeling disoriented
- Rapid weight gain caused by extra fluid in the body
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Increased in nightly urination
- Becoming weak or tired after everyday activities
- Fast heartbeat
- Chest pain
Family caregivers should keep track of symptoms and signs that there loved one may be experiencing. Share these symptoms and signs with your primary care physician during your routine wellness checks or at any time you are concerned. Supporting a loved one that is suffering from congestive heart failure or heart disease in general adds to the stress of all the regular daily activities. Our family caregiver support package was designed specifically to deliver support to family caregivers caring for a loved one with a chronic disease. Push Button Care provides a mobile medical alert system with fall detection and access to aging in place support services to assist family caregivers with home safety and the daily aging in place needs of a senior.