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Cardiac Home Care Services

Whether you or a loved one is recovering from cardiac surgery, living with heart failure, or has chronic high blood pressure, there comes a time when additional care is needed to continue maintaining a healthy and safe lifestyle.

Our Skilled Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy as well as Home Health Aide Services specialize in Home Cardiac Care to help preserve independence, safety, and wellbeing.

The trained team at Nursing Plus of Broward is here to relieve additional stress you and your loved ones might be going through. Stress is a significant factor in both causing and complicating Heart Disease. Our skilled team is able to help reduce some of this stress by assisting with medication and disease management, assisting with a healthy exercise and rehabilitation program, and assisting with activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene.

Common Cardiac Conditions

Cardiac Conditions affect the structures or functions of the heart. Many Cardiac Conditions require skilled medical assistance and what better way to receive care than in the comfort of your own home?

The following are heart conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots:

  • Arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat which happens when the electrical impulses that coordinate the contractions of the heart are not functioning properly. Everyone has experienced arrhythmias, but when they persist and accompany other symptoms, they should not be ignored. Some common types of heart rhythm disorders include:
    • Tachycardia is when the heart is beating too fast,
    • Bradycardia is when the heart is beating too slow
    • Atrial Fibrillation is when is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to heart related complications such as: stroke, blood clots and heart failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease is usually caused by cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries, which narrows the arteries and slows the blood flow into the heart. The heart has to work harder to circulate the blood flow throughout the cardiovascular system.
  • Cardiomyopathy is often the result of coronary artery disease, leaving the heart muscle weakened, and thickened from diminished oxygen-rich blood flow. The left ventricle that receives the oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is usually most affected.
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) occurs when there’s a blockage of blood flow, either partially or completely, damaging the heart muscle. A blood clot, or sudden narrowing or spasms of the blood vessels, can cause a heart attack.
  • Heart Failure is a chronic condition in which the heart cannot provide an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body.
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation is the incomplete closing of the mitral valve that connects the left atrium (upper left chamber) to the left ventricle (lower left chamber), allowing the blood to partially flow back into the ventricle when the heart contracts to send oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body from the lower chamber.

In-Home Skilled Nursing Cardiac Care

Lifestyle choices, family predispositions, a congenital cardiac condition, or even aging can all influence cardiac conditions. Our Skilled Nurses can ameliorate cardiac challenges with educating on your Cardiac Disease and a heart-healthy diet, providing exercise instruction, stress management and coordinated medical care program. Attentive care and monitoring in addition to educational instruction is essential in attaining a better quality of life.

Post-operative care for most heart surgeries is essential for a successful recovery as well as relapse and infection prevention. Our Skilled Nursing professionals bring the necessary hospital-level care to you and your loved ones in their home. These surgeries include:

  • Open Heart Surgery of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
  • Pacemaker Implantation
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Angioplasty and Stent Placements

Our Skilled Nurses can assist with medication management in the comfort of your or your loved ones home. To live a healthy and safe lifestyle, our Skilled Nurses can administer and monitor medications to prevent any medication-related health risks.

Our Skilled Nurses can instruct on a wide array of medications specific to each Cardiac Condition which may include:

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Beta-blockers
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Nitrates
  • Warfarin
  • Other blood thinners
  • Antiarrhythmics

Our Physical and Occupational Therapists are available to help you or your loved one build both heart and overall strength with exercises and training. In addition, our Therapists will be able to assess your or your loved ones environment and offer suggestions that they feel will positively impact their safety and well being. Engaging in physical activities has a palliative effect on cardiac health and has a beneficial effect in maintaining your ability to do things and remain safely in your home.

About Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a chronic condition that occurs when the heart is not able to pump enough blood to keep the blood flow circulating throughout the body. The constant delivery of nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body, and the removal of the carbon dioxide-laden blood to be filtered by the lungs needs steady continuous blood flow. When the heart cannot maintain the necessary blood flow level, the body’s systems suffers.

For the heart to function properly, all its parts have to function properly, from the veins that feed the blood supply to the heart, to the arteries that take it away, to its valves that need to open and shut properly, to its chambers that need enough strength and elasticity to pump and keep the blood flowing.

Heart Failure Risk Factors

What can begin as a minor health problem can later lead to a significant problem – Heart Failure. Our experienced and compassionate nurses can assist with an assessment of risk factors and also introduce you and your loved one to new healthy lifestyle changes.

  • High blood pressure – whether from stress, inherited propensity, obesity, smoking, medications, and alcohol, over time narrows the blood vessels and impedes the flow of blood to and from the heart, affecting the heart’s proper functions.
  • Systemic infections – that spread to the heart can damage heart tissue and leave the heart weakened.
  • Stroke – causes damage to the heart, as well as the brain.
  • Sleep apnea – with its periodic disruption of breathing, can place a strain not only on the lungs, but on the heart.
  • Medications – taken for other medical conditions can have side effects that have repercussions on the heart. And, not to be underestimated, vitamin deficiencies can also have a significant impact on the heart.
  • Other cardiac conditions – such as coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, valvular disease, heart attack, and arrhythmia, have the potential of further damaging the heart, which can cause or lead to heart failure.

Heart Failure Skilled Nursing Care

Living with Heart Failure is a frequent challenge for our seniors, and we, at Nursing Plus of Broward, have the experience and commitment to help you and your loved one meet that challenge.

As we get older, our hearts are more vulnerable to the many risk factors that can impact our heart health. An attentive and professional approach of our Skilled Nursing and Therapy staff can help prevent or ameliorate the risk of complications from concurrent medical conditions, accustomed lifestyle choices, and unanticipated acute events. Also, our Home Health Aide providers can be a part of you and your loved one’s extended care community by being an additional health monitor, while helping with daily living needs.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a common condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high, causing more health problems, such as cardiac diseases.

There are two types of hypertension:

  • Primary hypertension – Also known as essential hypertension doesn’t have a known secondary cause. Stress and inactivity over the years have been shown to be significant factors in the gradual worsening of the condition.
  • Secondary hypertension – An underlying medical condition causing an unhealthy increase in blood pressure.

Hypertension Treatment and Care

Seniors are at greater risk for Hypertension due to the gradual buildup of plaque in the arteries which narrows them, making it harder for blood to flow through and increasing blood pressure over time.

Since hypertension is the primary cause of Heart Disease, including Stroke, Heart Failure, and Aneurysm, it is a condition that should be treated with a multifaceted approach. Our Skilled Nursing and Physical and Occupational Therapists, are available to work with you and your family to design a customized treatment plan that will improve overall health and quality of life.

Getting Started with Cardiac Condition Home Care Services

At Nursing Plus of Broward, our RNs, LPNs, Therapists, and Home Health Aides offer more than just medical services and help with daily tasks that have become too difficult for your loved one. We understand that living with cardiac conditions and/or recovering from a cardiac procedure can be life-changing for you and your loved one.

We want to ensure we are helping in every way possible, providing peace of mind and effective care services in the comfort of you and your loved ones home.

For more information about how the team at Nursing Plus of Broward can help you and your loved one treat and manage cardiac conditions, contact us today at 833-JFNURSE!

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