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Living with heart failure may not be easy. But there are things you can do to feel better, stay healthy longer, and avoid the hospital.
Good self-care means doing certain things every day, like taking your medicine. It's also about checking for symptoms such as weight gain and swelling. Tracking your symptoms every day will help you know which heart failure zone you're in. That can tell you when you need to get help.
Here are some important things to do every day.
Check each day to see which heart failure zone you're in.
Green zone. You are doing well. This is where you want to be.
Yellow zone. Call your doctor. Your symptoms are changing.
Your doctor's name: ____________________________________________________________
Your doctor's contact information: __________________________________________________
Red zone. Call 911. This is an emergency.
If you have symptoms of a heart attack: After you call 911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
There are other things you can do to take care of your body and your heart.
When you take charge of your health, you're more likely to feel better and keep your heart failure from getting worse.
Other Works Consulted
Riegel B, et al. (2009). State of the science. Promoting self-care in patients with heart failure. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 120(12): 1141-1163.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of:
December 6, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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