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How to manage heart failure

Things you can do to help you feel better and manage your disease include:


It is important to learn the symptoms of worsening heart failure and call your health care provider right away. This will affect how you feel and how well you manage your heart failure.

  • Keep all appointments with your health care provider and health team members.
  • Take your medicines as directed.
  • Carry a current medicine list with you at all times.
  • Weigh yourself each day and record your weight.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet that includes no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium each day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Talk with your health care provider if you are overweight or underweight.
  • Bring all of your weight and activity records to all of your appointments.
  • Exercise every day (as directed by your health care team) and be sure to get enough rest.
  • Do not smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Be aware of the stress in your life and try to find ways to relieve it.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts