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Living With Advanced Heart Failure

9 self-care and lifestyle tips.

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9.Know When to Call Your Doctor

Certain symptoms merit a call to the doctor. Worrisome symptoms include rapid weight gain of several pounds within a few days, increased swelling, more difficulty breathing, decreased urination, and dizziness.

Also, make sure to talk to your doctor about “just in case” medications. For example, your doctor may suggest you take another diuretic if you develop increased swelling and weight gain, but you should never take extra medication without instructions to do some from your doctor. Discuss specific instructions with your doctor so you can be prepared to act quickly before things get worse.

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Reviewed on March 17, 2010

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