Norrie53
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Norrie53, September 26,  2020  10:40pm EST

Congestive Heart Failure

I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure several years ago. I see my cardiologist every 6 months. I am trying to follow his guidelines, but don't do as well as I should. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how I can continue living with this?

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, September 28,  2020  12:39pm EST

    I had a quintuple bypass several years ago and I followed everything my cardiologist advised to a tee. I admit that I have deviated from that course a little. I understand how difficult it can be to stick to a specific regimen. That said, if you are struggling, I would advise that you continue to do what your doctor advises in terms of treatment and care. In my case, I have felt strong sense of returning to physical normalcy hence the slight deviation. Sometimes you have to go with your gut.

    I would also suggest that you do all that you can in terms of exercise. I have read countless articles about the benefits of exercise particularly when it comes to the heart and that includes those that are suffering from heart failure. Here again, it's very important to consult with your doctor about what exercise he would advise if at all. In my case, I have been very upfront with my cardiologist about all the exercise I do and she has been on board. That helps in knowing you're going down the right path.

    Please keep us updated. I wish you the best!

    Jim

  • Spedrox
    Spedrox, October 6,  2020  12:11pm EST

    I've made some adjustments to my regime based on CHF. I have switched to instant breakfast shakes to supplement my nutrient intake for what I miss at breakfast and lunch. Instead of eating at those times I drink a shake. For lunch I'll also eat a granola bar too. From the abdominal bloating I don't "feel," hungry like I used to so that helps. I eat a regular dinner in the evenings. I limit fluids also. Each instant breakfast packet requires 8 oz. of milk. On top of that I will have a 16 oz. soda (I don't like coffee) for caffeine in the morning and early afternoon. One soda though. From there no more than 2, 16 oz. waters for the rest of the day. WATCH your sodium intake! READ ALL FOOD LABELS! Now, due to issues with volume, I've had to adjust my alcohol intake too. I limit ***** to Fri, Sat, and Sun. I only take shots of hard stuff with a chaser safely at home if I want to partake. I've switched to simple mixed drinks if I go out, but I still consume in moderation. I'm able to exercise at will and aside from the abdominal bloating and more fatigue, not much else has changed. Hope this helps!?

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