Managing Heart Failure Symptoms

Small changes can improve symptoms, and give you time for what matters most.

Your body and your heart can often respond to effects of heart failure (HF) so that you never notice any symptoms. Your heart compensates for added strain by working harder. However, as heart failure worsens, your body can gradually become less able to keep up. When a situation worsens by small degrees over time, you may not even notice the trend. Your sense for what’s normal may be altered.

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That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of HF, and take note of any subtle changes in your body’s ability to compensate. Make sure your family members are aware of heart failure symptoms too, especially if they are involved in your heart failure care.

Don’t miss or brush off the signs that you should call your healthcare provider. In many instances, your medical team can make changes to your medication or advise you on lifestyle changes that can help you feel better.

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