• Sodium Reduction & Fluid Moderation

    Sodium reduction is a national priority for the CDC. The agency is working with national, state, and local partners to gradually reduce sodium consumption, increase blood pressure control, and improve nutrition

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    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses sodium reduction and heart failure recovery.
    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses sodium reduction and heart failure recovery.
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    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses fluid moderation for heart failure patients.
    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses fluid moderation for heart failure patients.
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    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses activity plans for heart failure patients.
    Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse, discusses activity plans for heart failure patients.
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    Bertrand Bolek, MN, Nurse Practitioner - Adult, talks about how heart failure patients can prevent symptoms by restricting daily fluid intake. Southlake Regional Health Centre
    Bertrand Bolek, MN, Nurse Practitioner - Adult, talks about how heart failure patients can prevent symptoms by restricting daily fluid intake. Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Activity Plan for Heart Failure Patients

    So there’s several things that you can do to help live a healthier life with heart failure.So number one is you can start watching the salt in your diet. So it’s really important to know how to read labels. So talking to a dietitian is really important.We recommend that you have a diet of less than 2,000 milligrams of salt a day. That’s a really low sodium diet. Most of us have between four and five thousand milligrams of sodium in our diet.

                         

    So what’s interesting is that, you know, most people are concerned about the salt shaker on the table and that’s not actually the biggest source of sodium. Over 70 percent of it is found hidden in processed foods.

    So we recommend for heart failure patients that they follow a diet of less than 2,000 milligrams a day. It prevents the fluid retention and that is, you know, when you have too much salt in the diet, you have fluid that builds up in your feet, your legs, and your belly. Sometimes it gets into the lungs and it makes it difficult to breathe.

    Being active is a really important part of caring for yourself as a heart failure patient. First of all, it makes you feel better mentally, feel better physically, you sleep better, you’re less breathless. All those are really important when it comes to caring for yourself as a health failure patient.

    It’s important that you talk to your family physician about an activity plan suited for you. We really encourage you to connect with your local cardiac rehab program as they can provide an exercise prescription that will help you live well with heart failure.

    Presenter: Ms. Pamela Luehr, Nurse, Kelowna, BC

    Local Practitioners: Nurse

  • Fluid Moderation for Heart Failure Patients

    Monitoring your fluid intake is really important for heart failure patients because fluid has a tendency to build up in our feet, legs, belly, and also your lungs which makes it challenging for you to breathe. So if you had a healthy heart, we would not be concerned about, you know, limiting your fluids, but when it comes to having a muscle that's weak and having a challenging time we want to take the stress and workload off the muscle. So we look at heart failure patients being on a fluid restricted diet.

    This can be really challenging at the beginning because you are thirsty and you want to have something to drink. So its great to know that over time, your body does adjust the fluid restrictions.
    And there are some strategies to help you with, you know, quenching that thirst whether its sucking on some sugar-free candies or, you know, freezing your fruits and veggies so they cold and they feel good when they are in your mouth. We look for a fluid restriction of about one and a half liters to two liters a day or six to eight cups.
    And again, you know, that to just prevent the fluid retention that a lot of heart failure patients have to deal with. Whats really important is you have to remember that fluid is any food or liquid that becomes liquid at room temperature.
    So that means things like Jell-O, ice cream, Popsicles. Those are also included in your fluid content. Again, if you are concerned about, you know, how much fluid am I drinking one of the tips we recommend is to get yourself a large measuring cup, one of those big eight cup measures. You know, every time you have a cup of coffee, fill that up with water and then dump it in the eight cup measure and you will be able to judge on a daily basis whether or not you sticking to your fluid retention guidelines.

    As well, talk to your dietitian. She can give you lots of tips and tricks on how to best quench your thirst when you are having trouble dealing with the fluid restrictions associated with heart failure.  Often seeing a local family physician or a pharmacist in conjunction with a registered dietitian, a local athletic therapist  is a great option to take control of dehydration. In conjunction with healthy eating, exercise and Smart Food Now Presenter: Ms. Pamela Luehr, Nurse, Kelowna, BC

    Local Practitioners: Nurse

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