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 fluid moderation for heart failure patients.
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Featuring Pamela Luehr, BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse

Video Title: Fluid Moderation for Heart Failure Patients Duration: 1 minute, 58 seconds

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 wouldn’t 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’re thirsty and you want to have something to drink. So it’s 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 it’s sucking on some sugar-free candies or, you know, freezing your fruits and veggies so they’re cold and they feel good when they’re 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’s to just prevent the fluid retention that a lot of heart failure patients have to deal with. What’s 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’re 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’ll be able to judge on a daily basis whether or not you’re 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’re having trouble dealing with the fluid restrictions associated with heart failure.

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

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