Heart Failure Symptoms - Topic Overview
Sudden weight gain
Weight gain may be the first noticeable sign that you
have developed heart failure or that your heart failure is getting worse. The amount of weight gained varies greatly among people with heart failure, and it reflects the amount of sodium and water the body has retained.
A sudden weight gain may mean that excess fluid is building up in
your body because your heart failure is getting worse. It is a symptom of sudden heart failure.
Your doctor will probably ask you to weigh yourself every day. Know when to call your doctor if you suddenly gain weight.
Your doctor likely will work with you to manage changes in weight caused by fluid
retention. For example, if you have a weight increase of
2 lb (0.91 kg), your doctor may
recommend taking an additional diuretic that day.