Introducing Heart Failure Resources on CareTogether.com

Posted on May 14, 2012

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Nearly 5 million Americans have heart failure, and 1.3 million of those people end up being readmitted to the hospital – in fact heart failure has the highest readmission rate of all chronic diseases. Many of these costly and stressful return trips to the hospital can be preventable by learning how to manage the condition and taking a few simple steps to stay healthy. Additionally, having a support team of loved ones who are informed about the condition and involved in the caregiving plays a huge role in avoiding rehospitalizations.

We recently added heart failure education material to CareTogether’s condition-specific resources. From “Heart Failure Definition and Warning Signs” to a weight calendar, these resources will help you learn about the condition and help your loved one understand their condition so they can improve their quality of life, stay healthy, and avoid unexpected trips to the hospital.

These downloadable files are available CareTogether users who select “Heart Failure” as a condition. The files appear on the right column of the Resources Tab. Here’s a list of the new heart failure education materials:

Heart Failure Definition and Warning Signs:
Answers to What is it? What causes it? What are the symptoms? What are the warning signs of a flare-up? It also lists signs to monitor of a worsening condition.

About Heart Failure Medication
Explains what your medicines do, what kinds of medicines are used for heart failure, and more.

Heart Failure Weight Calendar
One of the best ways to improve recovery from heart failure is to monitor weight. It is very important for heart failure patients to weigh themselves at the same time every day and record their weight. This calendar lets you write in the date, time, and notes (“Ate Chinese food last night”). It’s a great tool to bring to doctor appointments.

Heart Failure Wellness and Nutrition
Overview of ways to stay healthy, benefits of exercise, how to plan your exercise, signs of over-exertion. This document also includes tips on eating low-salt food and a list of foods to consider and avoid. The last page lists important ways to take care of yourself.

Emotions and Your Heart
Heart failure can bring about many different feelings. Sadness, fear, and anger are natural and common responses. This resource helps you understand and cope with these feelings.

Heart Failure Web Resources
Lists more than a dozen websites that offer even more great information about heart failure.

To sign up for a completely free and secure CareTogether page for your loved one and family, visit www.caretogether.com to get started!

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