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2892 How to manage your Heart Failure at Home

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Once you have been diagnosed with heart failure, there are a number of things that you can do yourself to help in the management of your condition. The heart failure nurse will support you at home, but by taking an active role in your own care, you can work with your health care team to limit your symptoms, lead a normal life and continue to enjoy your favourite activities. We recommend that you keep a diary of your symptoms, your daily activities and the medications you take, so that if your heart failure worsens, the doctor can track any changes which may have played a role in your deterioration. Also record leg swelling, any shortness of breath, especially at night, and your fluid intake. This may also help you recognise when your symptoms occur, and therefore what you can do to minimise them. For example, if you note that your legs swell up on days when you are gardening, perhaps you need to take a break to elevate your legs. Weigh yourself daily. If you notice that your weight is increasing by 2 to 4 pounds a day (about one kilogram), it is likely that fluid is building up and you may find your legs become more swollen or you become short of breath. If your weight increases by 6 pounds, about 2 and a half kilograms, you should contact your doctor or nurse for advice. You are likely to have been prescribed a number of medications by your doctor. Ensure that you take all of the medications at the recommended time every day. Do not stop your medications suddenly as your symptoms may worsen, and make sure that you do not run out of tablets. Some people like to use a dosette box so that they know which medications to take when. If you experience any side effects, let your doctor know so that an alternative can be prescribed. If you have been asked to limit the amount of fluid you drink everyday, do your best to stick to that, and remember to include soup in the total. Again, keep a record of what you drink in your diary. If you are unsure if there is a limit to how much you can drink, ask your doctor or nurse. If you notice that your legs start swelling, your breathing is becoming difficult, or you are becoming noticeably more tired, oplease contact your nurse or doctor. It may be that the medications you are on are not working for you, and the doses needed to be altered, or the medication changed. Do not struggle on without talking to anyone. There are lots of different treatments for heart failure and it is about finding the right combination for you.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 24, 2015

2892 How to manage your Heart Failure at Home

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