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Early detection and treatment of heart failure, may improve the patient's long-term outlook. Lifestyle changes are advised and these include:

  • Regular exercise as approved by your physician
  • Schedule rest periods throughout the day
  • Avoid excessive fluid intake. Click here for more fluid facts
  • Limit the amount of salt you use — follow the diet prescribed by your physician. Click here for more sodium facts.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking and other tobacco products
  • Keep a daily record of your weight. Each morning after going to the bathroom and before eating breakfast, weigh yourself. Notify your physician if you gain two pounds overnight or more than five pounds in a week. Weight gain may be a sign of fluid retention and the need for more intensive treatment. Failure to properly monitor your weight and take action could result in an emergency situation. Click here for our Heart Failure Weight Chart.

Medications are an effective way for your doctor to help manage heart failure. Depending on the cause of your heart failure and the damage that has occurred to your heart, medications may be used to relieve symptoms and improve your heart function in a variety of ways such as reduce the heart's workload, remove excess fluid from your body or widen the blood vessels to increase blood flow. Click here for more on HF medications.

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