HF Self Care
Heart failure is an illness that can be managed with medications and close self-care. One aspect of self-care is understanding your illness. Read the other sections to learn about heart failure and talk with your doctor and nurses about your heart failure and treatments. Prognosis is hard to predict and your heart failure doctor may not be able to say how your body will respond to your weakened heart function. Having heart failure requires you and your family to work closely with your health care team. Treatments can include many medications to help your heart and possibly, some advanced treatments or surgery. One of the best things a person with heart failure can do is to closely manage their own care.
One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to keep a close eye on your symptoms and call your doctor if they should get worse. Everyone responds differently with heart failure. Some people have more problems with holding on to fluid and other people have more problems with not enough blood flowing to the body. Some people have trouble with both types of heart failure. Symptoms of fluid retention are shortness of breath, ankle swelling, fullness or bloating in the belly. Symptoms related to not enough blood flow to the body include fatigue, feeling dizzy, aches and pains, and anxiety.
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
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