A Short Note On Congestive Heart Failure ( Chf )

1989 Words Nov 30th, 2014 8 Pages
Introduction Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a degenerative disease process that continues to increase in incidence in the United States. According to the American Heart Association (2013), approximately 5.7 million Americans are living with CHF today, and of the 5.7 million, 10% of them are suffering from advanced heart failure. Patients who experience an exacerbation of heart failure present with definitive, impairing symptoms including shortness of breathe upon rest and exertion, swelling of their extremities, fatigue, confusion, lack of appetite and a persistent cough or wheeze. Patients are treated in the hospital with medications, procedures and strict measurement of diet and fluid intake. They are sent home once the symptoms are under control.
Unfortunately, a large amount of those patients are readmitted into the hospital with the same symptoms once again. As health care professionals, we wonder as to why patients with heart failure are returning so frequently with these symptoms. There could be multiple reasons, such as lack of compliance with medications, or a sedentary lifestyle. Another key factor could be that patients also must follow the recommended heart failure diet: 2g sodium and 1.5L fluid intake restriction, which can be difficult to follow. Further research on patient compliance with diet must be conducted to understand why patients are returning to the hospitals so frequently.
Therefore, a proposal for a research study is the following: What impact…
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