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When to call your health care provider

Call your health care provider if you:

  • gain more than 3 pounds in one day, or 5 or more pounds in one week
  • have swelling in your ankles, legs and abdomen
  • have increased fatigue
  • have increased shortness of breath on exertion, shortness of breath at night or when lying flat
  • have an unexplained cough or a "hacking" night cough
  • cough up pink- or blood-tinged phlegm
  • have decreased urination during the day, but more frequent need to urinate at night
  • need to sleep with more pillows at night
  • feel lightheaded or dizzy
  • have nausea or cannot eat and/or take medicines
  • have chest pain or discomfort with activity that gets better with rest.



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