Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

As a family caregiver, it is important that you are aware of the risks your elder parent might face as they get older and are prepared to help them manage those risks throughout their later years. This can help them to avoid serious consequences and complications, improving their overall health, and enabling them to live the quality of life you know they desire and deserve.

One such risk is congestive heart failure, which is sometimes abbreviated to CHF. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 5 percent of the population of older adults between the ages of 60 and 69 throughout the United States is suffering from congestive heart failure. This percentage increases with age, as does the risk of developing the condition.

15 Signs and Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

Knowing the potential signs and symptoms of the condition can enable you to evaluate your elder parent and act quickly should you detect signs or behaviors that might indicate they are suffering from this serious condition. This will allow you to get them in for the medical care they need and ensure they get on the course of treatment and management that is right for them.

Some of the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  1. Shortness of breath, particularly when your aging parent lies down
  2. Fatigue
  3. Weakness
  4. Edema, or swelling, in the feet, ankles, and legs
  5. Arrhythmia or Irregular heartbeat
  6. Rapid heartbeat
  7. Persistent cough that is not associated with another condition or health concern such as a cold
  8. Wheezing with white phlegm or phlegm that is tinged with blood
  9. Increased urge to urinate during the night
  10. Swelling of the abdomen
  11. Loss of appetite
  12. Sudden weight gain that is not associated with another condition and is attributed to fluid retention
  13. Difficulty concentrating
  14. Chest pain
  15. Sudden shortness of breath with foamy mucus

If your aging parent experiences any of the following, bring them to the doctor as quickly as possible:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden, severe shortness of breath
  • Severe weakness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat with chest pain or fainting

Related article: 5 Tips for Caring for a Senior With Congestive Heart Failure

Contact Sonas for Home Health Care Services

If your elder parent has recently been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on the customized schedule that is right for their needs as well as the care efforts you already give to them. This means that even if you are not able to be with them, you can have complete confidence they are getting everything they need to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable, as well as maintain as much independence and control as possible as they age in place.

When it comes to managing their condition, this care provider can help your parent to understand their care guidelines and restrictions, provide reminders for when and how to take their medication, and support making healthy decisions that will keep their body healthier as they age. This can mean a more active and engaged quality of life for your aging parent and more peace of mind for you.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care services in Florida, contact the caring staff at Sonas Home Health Care. Call today (888) 592-5855.