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What can I do to help my heart failure?

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Your doctor will also suggest you do some things differently to reduce the stress on your heart. These might include:

  • Lose weight, or stay at a weight that feels best.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise.
  • Eat a diet high in lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Cut back on of sodium, saturated fats (found in meats and full-fat dairy products), added sugars, and carbs.
  • Get enough rest.

From: What Is Right-side Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES

American Heart Association: “What is Heart Failure?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Heart Failure?” “What Are Congenital Heart Defects?”

University of California Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart Failure.”

MedlinePlus: “Cor pulmonale.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 27, 2016

SOURCES

American Heart Association: “What is Heart Failure?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Heart Failure?” “What Are Congenital Heart Defects?”

University of California Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart Failure.”

MedlinePlus: “Cor pulmonale.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 27, 2016

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