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    Heart Failure Treatment

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    How Can I Keep My Heart Failure From Worsening? continued...

    See your doctor regularly. During follow-up visits, your doctors will make sure you are staying healthy and that your heart failure isn’t 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. Call your doctor if you have urgent questions.

    Notify your team 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 visit.

    Keep a list of your medications and bring them with you to each doctor visit. Don’t stop taking your medications without discussing it with your doctor. Even if you have no symptoms, your medications help your heart pump more effectively.

    How Can I Prevent Further Damage?

    Your Heart Failure To-Do List

    Eat a healthy diet. Limit your sodium to less than 1,500 milligrams each day. Eat foods high in fiber and potassium. Limit foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar. If you need to drop some weight, limit how many calories you take in.

    Exercise regularly. A regular exercise program, prescribed by your doctor, will improve symptoms and strength and make you feel better. It may also slow your heart failure.

    Don't overdo it. Plan your activities and include rest periods during the day.

    Prevent respiratory infections. Ask your doctor about flu and pneumonia vaccines.

    Take your medications as prescribed. Do not stop taking them without first asking your doctor.

    Get emotional or psychological support, if needed. Heart failure can be hard on your whole family. If you have questions, ask your doctor or nurse. If you need emotional support, social workers, psychologists, clergy, and heart failure support groups are a phone call away. Ask your doctor or nurse to point you in the right direction.

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