The key to managing heart failure is to take your medications, make dietary changes, live a healthy lifestyle, and keep your doctor's appointments. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to visit. But, if you have any unusual symptoms, do not wait until your next appointment to discuss them with your doctor. Call your doctor immediately if you have:
There’s no cure for congestive heart failure -- not yet anyway. But if you or a loved one is among the 5.8 million Americans living with heart failure, even if it’s advanced, you should know that simple self-care measures can effectively help curb fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and other symptoms.
In addition to improving their quality of life, heart failure patients who practice good self-care are less likely to wind up in the hospital.
“Heart failure is a progressive disease, but the...