Learn about Congestive Heart Failure at the Connections Store

July 8, 2016

Rusk County Memorial Hospital’s Patient Navigator, Shay Zillmer, and Cardiac Rehab Coordinator, Pat Schnepf, will be at the Connections Store on July 27 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm to educate community members about Congestive Heart Failure (also known as heart failure).

Individuals or caregivers of individuals who have Congestive Heart Failure, an existing heart condition or have risk factors of a heart condition are encouraged to attend this free session.

Risk factors of heart problems include being overweight, having diabetes, a sedentary life style, high blood pressure, murmurs or heart valve problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and old age.

Congestive Heart Failure is the inability of the heart to handle the volume of fluid returned to it from the body. As the volume overwhelms the heart’s ability to pump, fluid backs up into the lungs, legs, arms or the gut. This fluid backup results in the symptoms people notice such as shortness of breath, weight gain, swollen legs, discomfort in the abdomen, nausea or diarrhea.

Early intervention is the best way to slow the progression of Congestive Heart Failure. Without treatment, the condition will continue to progress and symptoms will continue to worsen.

To learn more about Congestive Heart Failure, its symptoms, risk factors and treatment, join us at this educational session.