Mamamojo,Your Mother has a critical secret weapon in her battle with CHF: you, a loving daughter to encourage her, love her, listen to her concerns and keep her on course. My daughter had mitral valve open heart surgery 2 years before I ended up needing it, and she was my guardian angel. It's important to find her the best cardiac team possible, preferably one at a teaching hospital or one that is a Trauma 1 or 2 level care center, a cardiologist that she trusts and who takes time to work through all issues and concerns. Help her to prepare for her doc visits by listing her questions and thinking things through. May God bless you both on this journey. Find courage and inspiration through these good people -- we're on the road together!
knowbetterdobetter,Love on your mother....Listen to all she has to say, read up on everything you can about CHF and the way it's managed. Make sure you ask questions, always take a pencil and paper with you so that you can take notes. Hopefully she is enrolled in a CHF clinic and has a specialist working with her. There will be new medications, diet modifications, may be fluid restrictions, the list can go on. Together you will master it though, don't get discouraged ever. God bless you both.
AHAASAKatie,Good morning, We are so glad you are here and sharing with us. I have two resources to provide you. Rise Above Heart Failure http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/Heart-Failure_UCM_002019_SubHomePage.jsp is our patient education platform for Heart Failure. Heart Failure Community on the Support Network http://supportnetwork.heart.org/heart-failure Please let me know if either of these links are beneficial for you. Best Katie