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What should you do to keep oxygen therapy for heart failure safe?

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Oxygen can lead to fires. So you and the people around you need to take steps to stay safe. For example:

  • Avoid open flames, such as candles, lighters, and lit cigarettes or cigars.
  • Don’t use lotions and creams that have petroleum in them -- use water-based ones instead.
  • Keep the oxygen at least 6 feet from any heat sources, such as heaters and ovens.
  • No one around you, including you, can smoke while you’re taking oxygen.
  • Stay away from substances that easily catch fire -- like paint thinners and aerosol cans -- while using oxygen.

SOURCES:

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure : “How Does the Blood Circulatory System Work?” "Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Acute Heart Failure: Friend or Foe?”

American Heart Association: “What Is Heart Failure?”

National Institutes of Health: “How Is Heart Failure Treated?” “Oxygen Therapy.”

National Health Service: “Home Oxygen Treatment.”

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Supplemental Oxygen.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure : “How Does the Blood Circulatory System Work?” "Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Acute Heart Failure: Friend or Foe?”

American Heart Association: “What Is Heart Failure?”

National Institutes of Health: “How Is Heart Failure Treated?” “Oxygen Therapy.”

National Health Service: “Home Oxygen Treatment.”

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Supplemental Oxygen.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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