Case Study Cardiomyopathy

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Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure: Case Study #2 GCU Pathophysiology and Nursing Management of Client's Health NRS 410 V Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure The main function of the heart is to pump blood to meet the needs of the body. Heart failure occurs when the heart doesn’t have the ability to pump enough blood to the different parts of the body. This can occur if there is any defect in the heart muscles or if it becomes weaker due to some other factors. When this happens the kidney receives less blood to filter. The extra fluids build up in the legs, lungs, liver and around the eyes. This condition is known as congestive heart failure (CHF). Cardiomyopathy is an acquired or inherited condition of the heart muscles. The heart muscles become thicker or enlarged thus decreasing the ability of the heart to pump enough blood through the body (American Heart Association, 2013). In this paper the writer describes the best approach to care for Mr. P, who is hospitalized with…show more content…
Establishing an open communication will help to improve nurse-patient relationship. Be sure not to use any medical terminologies that the patient and family may not understand. The main focus of the patient’s education should include the importance of taking prescribed medications on time and the diet restrictions. Mr. P. should be instructed to take his medications on time even if he feels better. Using a weekly pill box will help to avoid confusion. Daily weight monitoring is an important element to check the fluid retention. He should be instructed on a low sodium diet and should avoid excess fluid intakes. He should be instructed on the warning signs of heart failure. Getting regular exercise and keeping up with the follow up appointments will help to lead a healthy life (American Heart Association,

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