Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF) means your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Over time, conditions such as coronary artery disease or high blood pressure gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently. You can’t reverse many conditions that lead to heart failure, but you can treat heart failure.

Lifestyle changes such as exercising, reducing salt intake, managing stress, treating depression and especially losing excess weight, can help prevent fluid buildup and improve your quality of life.

Ginny Davis is the community relations coordinator for SpiritTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice. Call 800-840-9081 for more information about services available or visit www.spiritrustlutheranhcorg.

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