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Heart failure action plan

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    Do your checklist every day

    • Weigh yourself in the morning before breakfast. Write down your weight. Compare it to yesterday's weight.
    • Take your medicine as directed.
    • Check for swelling in your feet, ankles, legs and stomach.
    • Eat foods low in sodium (salt). Limit salt to 1,500 to 2,000 mg.
    • Be able to do your regular activities without being short of breath.
    • Have enough energy to get through the day.

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

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    a weight gain of 3 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week

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    more shortness of breath than usual

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

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    more tiredness than usual or the inability to do your everyday activities

    • harder breathing when you lie down (you need to start sleeping in a chair)
    • the inability to take your medicine as directed

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

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