When it comes to Congestive Heart Failure(CHF), self-efficacy is very beneficial and can have positive effects on confidence and the ability to manage symptoms. Unfortunately, since CHF is caused by damages to the heart over time, it can not be cured. The reasoning behind why this develops is due to other conditions that have deteriorated the heart such as obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use. However, CHF can be prevented by simply taking control of your health and changing unhealthy habits. Here are a few ways to prevent and treat congestive heart failure.
Smoking is a bad habit, an addiction that is both mental and physical. To prevent CHF and other illness, smoking should be eliminated from your lifestyle. To quit smoking can be a very difficult task, but with a combination of medicine, a change in personal habits, and emotional support can help you quit. According to the American Heart Association, “ Even exposure to secondhand smoke poses a serious health hazard. Nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure at home or work.” You can also consider making a plan to quit which can be found here.