What you need to write down

Keeping track of your weight, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature are important. This may be difficult at first, but when you make this a routine, it will become easier.

Choose a time of day for the check. Write down the results so you can keep track of your progress. This will also help your health care team if you start to have problems.

Call the transplant office at 612-863-5638 if you have changes in each area listed below.

Weight

What to do

  • Weigh yourself every morning.
  • Weigh yourself at the same time.
  • Use the same scale.
  • Wear the same amount of clothing every time you weigh yourself.

When to call

Call the transplant office if you:

  • gain more than three pounds overnight
  • gain more than four pounds in one week.

Blood pressure

What to do

  • Take your blood pressure each morning and evening.
  • Take your blood pressure any time you have a headache.
  • You may sit or stand. Make sure if you stand for the morning check, you stand for the afternoon check.

When to call

Call the transplant office if your:

  • top (systolic) number is more than 160
  • bottom (diastolic) number is more than 100.

Pulse (heart rate)

What to do

  • Take your pulse every time you check your blood pressure.
  • Do not take it right after you exercise.

When to call

Call the transplant office if your pulse is:

  • more than 120 beats per minute
  • less than 60 beats per minute
  • not regular

Temperature

What to do

  • Take your temperature every evening.
  • Use the same thermometer every time.
  • Do not take your temperature right after you exercise.

When to call

Call the transplant office if your temperature:

  • is more than 100.5 F.

Keep track of your numbers on the Daily Record Sheet. Bring your daily records with you to every clinic appointment.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Care After Heart Transplant, cvs-ahc-95405 (4/13)
First Published: 01/06/2013
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2018