Heart Failure | Discharge Instructions | Nucleus Health

by birtanpublished on September 13, 2020

You this video will help you understand heart failure and how to manage it please watch the entire video to learn how to manage heart failure if you've been diagnosed with heart failure it's important to control your

Symptoms heart failure also called congestive heart failure or CHF is a lifelong condition in which your heart continues to work but not as well as it should your heart can't pump enough blood and

Oxygen to meet the needs of your body excess fluid builds up in the lungs legs and other body tissues over time heart failure weakens your heart and can shorten your life the symptoms of heart failure include

Shortness of breath chronic coughing or wheezing swelling of the legs feet or abdomen weight gain feeling tired all the time nausea or lack of appetite

Heart palpitations memory loss and Confused thinking fortunately you can help control your symptoms by following your doctor's instructions adopting a heart-healthy

Lifestyle and staying aware of changes in your symptoms following the instructions of your health care team is very important in managing your symptoms

This includes taking our medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor don't stop taking your medications or skip doses take note of any side effects and tell your doctor

If the cost of your medication is an issue discuss other options with your doctor don't take any over-the-counter medication or supplement without asking your doctor if it's okay

Make and keep all of your follow-up appointments for both doctor's visits and lab tests get vaccinated against the flu and pneumonia as directed by your doctor managing your heart failure also means

Adopting a healthy lifestyle you may need to make the following changes limit your salt and sodium intake by doing the following don't add salt when you cook or to food at the table avoid processed and fast foods compare food labels and

Choose the items that are lower in salt and sodium eat a heart-healthy diet including low-fat low-cholesterol and high-fiber foods a heart healthy diet helps you maintain

Or achieve a good blood pressure and weight and helps prevent other conditions that may further stress your heart limit your alcohol intake ask your doctor if your condition allows you to

Include any alcohol in your diet monitor your fluid intake from drinks and foods that contain fluid too much fluid makes your heart work harder ask your doctor how much fluid is the right amount for you

Don't smoke nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure at the same time as it decreases the amount of oxygen rich blood delivered to your body's tissues become physically active regular exercise through daily activities such

As gardening and housework can make you feel better other good exercise options with your doctor's approval are walking swimming and bicycling as you exercise keep these precautions in mind rest as needed stop

If you feel chest pain or more than usual shortness of breath and don't exercise when temperatures are very hot or very cold your doctor may also prescribe a cardiac rehabilitation program that is a

Combination of medically supervised exercise lifestyle counseling and education it is important to stay aware of changes in your symptoms and know when to get help

Using the traffic light colors green yellow and red to assess how you feel can help you take the proper action to manage your heart failure symptoms Green is your goal and means that your symptoms are under control continue to

Follow your doctor's directions and keep all medical appointments way yourself daily to see if your body is retaining fluids do it at the same time each day before eating or drinking and we're the same type of clothing

Record and take note of any changes in your weight symptoms in the yellow zone are warning signs call your doctor immediately if you gain three or more pounds in one day or five pounds in one week

Have an increased shortness of breath have difficulty sleeping due to trouble breathing feel persistent fast or irregular heartbeats our feeling lightheaded or as if you may faint redzone symptoms are emergencies that

Mean you need medical evaluation right away call 911 chest pain that lasts more than 15 minutes severe and ongoing shortness of breath coughing up pink frothy foam or fainting

Staying on top of your symptoms and following your doctor's instructions can help you manage heart failure

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