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Heart Failure Treatment

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How Can I Prevent Heart Failure From Worsening?

To prevent your heart failure from worsening:

  • Monitor your own symptoms. Check for changes in your fluid status by weighing yourself daily and checking for swelling.
  • Schedule regular doctor appointments. During follow-up visits, your doctors will make sure you are staying healthy and that your heart failure is not getting worse. Your doctor will ask to review your weight record and list of medications. If you have questions, write them down and bring them to your appointment. Call your doctor if you have urgent questions. Notify all your doctors about your heart failure, medications, and any restrictions. Also, check with your heart doctor about any new medications prescribed by another doctor. Keep good records and bring them with you to each doctor visit.

How Can I Prevent Further Heart Damage?

To help prevent further heart damage:

 

What Drugs Should I Avoid if I Have Heart Failure?

Several different types of medications are best avoided in those with heart failure. These include:

If you are taking any of these drugs, discuss them with your doctor. It is important to know the names of your medications, what they are used for, and how often and at what times you take them. Keep a list of your medications and bring them with you to each of your doctor visits. Never stop taking your medications without discussing it with your doctor. Even if you have no symptoms, your medications help your heart pump more effectively.

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