When a person’s heart fails to pump enough blood around their body, they are suffering from heart failure. Conditions like high blood pressure, faulty valves, or narrowed arteries begin to weaken the heart. Initially, the heart is able to compensate for these problems. However, the additional stress on this important muscle causes additional damage. Eventually it is unable to fill with blood or circulate it efficiently.
Heart failure can occur over a period of time or it can happen suddenly. The heart does not stop beating completely, but it does not function as well as it should. With the proper treatment, the condition can be managed so patients are able to live comfortably. At Fairview Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Queens, NY, our professional team can provide the necessary care for you or your loved one.
Heart failure is common among adults
Heart failure is very common among adults and older generations. Nearly six million people are suffering from the condition in the US. Almost 80 percent of these are over 65 years of age. With our aging population, these figures are expected to rise.
Good care and reduced mortality
Heart failure is a chronic condition that progressively gets worse as time goes on. Although it cannot be completely cured, the symptoms can be managed and its progress can be slowed down.
Every patient is different so individual symptoms and the rate at which heart failure advances will vary. Receiving high-quality care adapted to the individual’s needs will ultimately improve quality of life. Medication and therapy are vital to relieve symptoms. With the right treatment plan, patients can be helped to live longer.
Here at Fairview, we pride ourselves on being able to offer patients a comfortable environment in which to receive treatment.
Pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies
There are a number of different treatment options available for those suffering from heart failure. And it is not just with the use of traditional medicines that patients will be prescribed. Physical, occupational, and cognitive therapies can also contribute to the success of treatment.
Receiving the correct medication, a change of diet, and increased exercise can all help. Our tailor-made care programs will include whatever treatments are necessary to improve and benefit our patients’ lives.
Fairview’s award-winning recreation therapy program also helps seniors meet other people, socialize and reminisce. This is important for overall well-being and a sense of self-worth.
Working as an interdisciplinary team, they have the knowledge and experience to provide a top-level of care. This include caring for patients with heart failure.
Doctors are able to diagnose, prescribe treatments, and carry out any necessary procedures. Our cardiac-trained registered nurses are always on-hand. They have the expertise needed to monitor patients’ conditions and identify any changes. Treatments can then be adapted accordingly.
Our number one priority is our patients’ comfort, health, and wellbeing. If you or a loved one is suffering from heart failure, we can help.