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When to call your health care provider

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Call your health care provider if you have any of the following:

gain 3 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week

more short of breath than usual

more swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach than usual

feeling more tired than usual or being unable to do your everyday activities

  • breathing becomes harder when you lie down (You need to start sleeping in a chair.)
  • if you are unable to take your medicine as directed

When to call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department

Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department if you are:

  • struggling to breathe
  • having chest pain
  • confused or unable to think clearly.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-20-7

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 03/12/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts