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Who: Gina Archer, LPN, PRNSC
What: Discussing Congestive Heart Failure
Monthly Resident Forum
When: Tuesday, April 13th, 2012
TIME: 2:00 PM
Where: Ida Marie Restaurant
All of our residents and many family members are familiar with the informative and interesting talks that our
In-House Licensed Practical Nurse, Gina Archer provides for us at River Oaks. This particular Resident Forum will feature Gina in a discussion about Congestive Heart Failure. Below are few facts as found on the National Heart Association Web Site. Please join us with questions and comments.
Heart failure doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working, but that it just isn’t able to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. This may happen when the heart muscle itself is weaker than normal or when there is a defect in the heart that prevents blood from getting out into the circulation. When the heart does not circulate blood normally, the kidneys receive less blood and filter less fluid out of the circulation into the urine. The extra fluid in the circulation builds up in the lungs, the liver, around the eyes, and sometimes in the legs. This is called fluid “congestion” and for this reason doctors call this “congestive heart failure”.
Medicines called diuretics (“water pills”), e.g., furosemide (Lasix), help get rid of the extra fluid by increasing urination. To help the body rid itself of the extra fluid, a low-salt diet may sometimes be necessary. Blood vessel relaxing medications (captopril, enalapril) may sometimes be used to make it easier for the heart to pump. Another medication, digoxin, may help the heart contract with more force.
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