Nearly 6 million Americans are living with heart failure. About 10% of them are advanced cases. Heart failure is advanced when normal treatment options, such as medicine and lifestyle changes, no longer manage it effectively. This stage of heart failure requires more aggressive treatment. Since heart failure is a disorder that gets worse over time, it can be difficult to know when one has entered the advanced stage. Below are some symptoms of advanced heart failure.
- Shortness of breath: This can occur during activity and rest.
- Edema: Fluid begins to build up in the body because the heart is not pumping as effectively. This leads to swelling in the extremities.
- Frequent trips to the bathroom, which can be a side effect of edema.
- Sleep disturbed by breathing problems.
- Loss of appetite.
- Racing heartbeat.
- General feeling of anxiety.
A diagnosis of advanced heart failure needs discussion between the doctor, the patient, and family caregivers. If heart failure starts making normal daily life difficult, remember that we can send aides to ensure health and comfort at home.