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What can I do to manage my heart failure?

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Lifestyle changes and medicine can help you manage it and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. Keep up with a healthy routine. You should:

  • Eat lots of fruits, veggies, and lean protein
  • Limit salt, sugar, and saturated fat
  • Drop pounds if you're overweight
  • Get regular exercise
  • Take the medicines you've been prescribed to lower your blood pressure and cut the workload on your heart

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Causes of Heart Failure," "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "What is Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Matters: "Adjusting Your Diet: Alcohol," "What are the Different Types of Heart Failure?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "How is Heart Failure Treated?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

News release, American Heart Association, 2016.

Page, R.L. , August 2016. Circulation

Ponikowski, P. May 2016. European Heart Journal,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 4, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Causes of Heart Failure," "Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "What is Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Matters: "Adjusting Your Diet: Alcohol," "What are the Different Types of Heart Failure?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Does Smoking Affect the Heart and Blood Vessels?" "How is Heart Failure Treated?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

News release, American Heart Association, 2016.

Page, R.L. , August 2016. Circulation

Ponikowski, P. May 2016. European Heart Journal,

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 4, 2019

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