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Your guide to living and succeeding with heart failure

Heart failure means your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. Although some cases of heart failure cannot be cured, heart failure can be managed through diet, exercise and medicine.

This online manual includes information about heart failure and how to manage it. It is meant to be used as a guide. It does not replace medical or professional advice. It is important to keep every appointment with your health care provider.

If you have any questions about heart failure or your general health, please talk with your health care provider.

How to use this online manual

Heart failure is a disease you can manage. This manual has advice and guidelines to help you live the best life you can — and to help keep you out of the hospital. It is a resource for you and your family.

  • Use the worksheets to keep track of your weight, medicines and appointments.
  • Learn tips for cooking and eating out while on a low-sodium (salt) diet.
  • Learn how to safely exercise.
  • Learn about heart failure and treatments.

This manual can also be overwhelming if you try to read it all at once. Read what's comfortable for you.

Remember: your health care team will work with you to help you feel better. Write down any questions or concerns you have. Be sure to bring your list to your next clinic visit.

Between visits, if something doesn't feel right, call your clinic. For a list of when to call your clinic or 911, see heart failure zones.

Forms and worksheets

PDF iconManaging your heart failure - at a glance

PDF iconBlood pressure and pulse record

PDF iconDaily weight log

PDF iconHome exercise program

PDF iconSample menu plans for one week (Days 1 - 4)

PDF iconSample menu plans for one week (Days 5 - 7)

PDF iconSchedule of appointments

PDF iconLow-sodium guide



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-31-2

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/11/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts