Emma West-Eggar, a specialist heart failure nurse at the George Eliot Hospital, shares a few useful tips for local people during National Heart Month.
Emma is new to the George Eliot Team and cares for patients and their family or carers who have been diagnosed with Heart Failure. Clinical staff and GP's can also request information from this new service based at the George Eliot Hospital.
British Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Month every February and this year they are encouraging everyone to make a small change towards a healthier lifestyle.
Emma provides the following top tips for local people:-
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a healthy well balanced diet and avoid adding salt to your food
- Limit your alcohol intake to 2-3 units a day for both men and women.
- Ensure you have at least 2 alcohol free days
- Ensure that you have your flu jab.
- If you are a smoker – stop or contact Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service on 0800 085 2917
- Remember your five a day (both fruit and vegetables)
- Exercise for half an hour, five times a week
Additional tips for patients who have experienced heart failure.
- Weigh yourself daily and if you notice an increase in weight by 3-4 1bs (2kg) in 3-4 days contact your Heart Failure Nurse or GP.
- Unless directed otherwise limit your fluid intake to 2 litres a day or 7-8 mugs of fluid.
- Ensure you take your medications as prescribed and never run out of your tablets.
- If you notice any changes in symptoms contact you Heart Failure Nurse or GP.
- Please ensure you bring your Heart Failure Passport to every appointment.
- Ensure you have had your once only pneumonia vaccination.
Emma advises any patients that have experienced heart failure to contact their GP if they experience shortness of breath, swelling of feet and legs, chronic lack of energy, swollen or tender abdomen with loss of appetite, cough with frothy sputum, increased urination at night or confusion and/or impaired memory.
Find out more about Emma and view a short video about her role here:-
Further information about British Heart Foundation and Heart Month can be found at:-
If you are concerned about your weight or general wellbeing contact the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Service on 07917 882 999.