While heart failure cannot be cured, it can be treated so that you may still lead a full life. Heart failure medications may help you feel better and treatment may reduce fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling; maintain and restore energy and reduce further damage of the heart muscle.
It is also your responsibility to carefully monitor yourself and help manage your condition. One important way to do this is to track your weight on a daily basis. Weight gain can be a sign that you are retaining fluid and that the pump function of your heart is worsening. Make sure you weigh yourself at the same time each day and on the same scale, with little to no clothes on. If you gain three pounds or more in one day or five pounds in one week notify your physician, as he or she may want to adjust your medication.
Other important measures include:
- Each morning, weigh yourself after urinating. Record your weight.
- Take your medications as directed by your physician. Carry a list of medications with you wherever you go.
- Limit salt and sodium intake.
- Stop smoking completely; ask your physician for advice today.
- Stay active.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.