Symptoms of heart failure may develop slowly over days or weeks. They may also develop quickly. Get help as soon as you have symptoms.
It is important to weigh yourself every day and write down your weight.
If you do not, you may need to stay in the hospital to get the symptoms under control.
Common symptoms are:
Call your health care provider if you gain:
You can manage your heart failure symptoms.
The earlier you recognize your symptoms and report them to your health care provider, the less time you may need to spend in the hospital. This means your life will be more enjoyable.
Remember, if you have any symptoms that keep coming back, call your health care provider right away. You may be able to keep yourself out of the hospital.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-31-2
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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