Following Your Heart Failure Treatment Plan
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Early Symptoms of Heart Failure

Some symptoms of heart failure are not emergencies, but they can get worse if you do not pay attention to them. Do not ignore early symptoms.

Call your doctor or nurse if you have any of the following symptoms, so they can be treated before they become urgent:

  • A weight gain or loss of 2 or more pounds in 1 day or 4 pounds in 1 week.
  • Swelling in the legs, feet, hands, or abdomen.
  • Persistent cough or chest congestion.
  • Increasing fatigue or a sudden decrease in your ability to do your usual activities.
  • Loss of appetite or nausea.
  • Feeling of fullness or bloating in your stomach.
  • Confusion or restlessness.
  • Intermittent or mild shortness of breath.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.

These symptoms are early signs that fluid is building up and that your body is producing harmful substances (stress hormones) that worsen heart failure. If you have any of these symptoms, let your doctor or nurse know. They may be able to help decrease or get rid of them. Also let your doctor or nurse know if you think your heart failure medicines are causing you to have new symptoms.

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