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End-of-Life Signs: Congestive Heart Failure

Shortness of breath is a symptom of congestive heart failure that can leave loved ones worried. Hospice care can help alleviate this issue.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood fast enough. This results in symptoms such as swelling and shortness of breath. There is no cure for CHF, but it is important to know End-Stage congestive heart failure signs and how hospice can help in managing these symptoms.

End-Stage Heart Failure Symptoms:

  • Shortness of Breath will become more persistent and will occur even during rest.
  • Swelling due to fluid build up will occur most frequently in the legs and abdomen.
  • Chronic Cough becomes more prominent and can be accompanied by wheezing and possible mucus.
  • Confusion can be expected and often experienced due to changing sodium levels in the blood.
  • Fast Heartbeat due to the heart having to work harder to pump blood.
  • Lack of or no appetite is common in end-stage of a chronic illness. While this is very concerning to loved ones, it is part of the end-of-life process.

Spontaneous episodes of shallow, hurried breathing and tightness in the chest is what leads to numerous hospital visits, causing mental duress in patients and family members alike. A hospice team of nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers, and chaplains can provide in-home palliative care for End-Stage CHF patients, as well as spiritual and emotional support for family members and caregivers.

The goal of Hospice care is to maintain the patient’s comfort and dignity while alleviating suffering and providing support for loved ones by providing comfort, dignity and respect.

For more information about End-Stage CHF and Hospice Care go to our Hospice and Heart Disease page. https://hospiceoforange.com/hospice-and-heart-disease