Mr. Caldwell, this drug will help remove all of the excess fluid around your heart and legs and will help you breathe more easily. It is a diuretic, so the fluid will be extracted through your urine and you will urinate frequently.
This drug blocks the reabsorption of sodium and chloride. Eating foods high in salt, like BBQ, will make you retain the fluid and not excrete it. With CHF, your body has a harder time releasing excess fluids, which is why you are retaining so much water. Following a fluid restriction and eating foods that do not have a lot of sodium can help!
I understand that I will pee a lot. Can I still eat my BBQ?
Well, shoot. I need to make some dietary changes.
Since you will be urinating frequently, I will check your electrolytes to make sure you aren't depleted. You may eat foods high in potassium to prevent hypokalemia. Please let me know if you experience any ringing in the ears because we must stop immediately due to ototoxicity.
Mr. Caldwell came to the Emergency Room with shortness of breath, pitting edema, and weakness. He has a history of congestive heart failure and hypertension. Dr. Jones ordered to start furosemide IV immediately to help with his fluid overload.
After explaining to Mr. Caldwell the action of furosemide, Nurse Lauren educates the family on possible complications of the drug.