Your heart failure is in good control if you have:
Green Zone Means:
Yellow Zone Means:
Community Care Nurse
Red Zone Means:
Sudden weight gain can be an early sign of fluid buildup. Watch for a weight increase of
2 lbs. (1 kg) or more overnight or
5 lbs. (3 kg) or more in 1 week. Call your family doctor or nurse if this happens
or we may advise you how to take extra diuretics (water pills) as directed:
Be sure to weigh yourself every morning and remember to:
Walk 3 to 5 days a week or continue with your current activities if they are equal to the following:
Goal: 150 minutes per week (e.g. 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week)
You will be on several medicines to help with your treatment. For your medicines to work best, it’s important that you’re taking the right doses. To find the right doses, you can expect your medicine doses to be changed often.
Medicine changes will only happen if you’re stable enough to do so - this is a positive step.
Do not skip taking your medicine unless you are told to do so. You will be taking medicine that
may make you feel light-headed for a little while, especially when you change position.
Call your doctor or nurse immediately if you experience:
Some medicines cause your body to hold fluid. These medicines are not recommended for people with heart failure. Please be cautious with:
Check with your pharmacist before you buy any non-prescription medications.
Some herbal remedies can cause problems with your treatment. Please let your doctor or nurse know if you’re taking any herbal therapies.
Living with chronic illness can be difficult. Chronic illness may cause changes in mood, work, relationships and/or finances. You may require additional support that we are able to assist you with.
Sometimes chronic illness and fatigue can change how you mentally and physically approach intimacy. These changes may cause you and your partner to feel stressed or uneasy. There are physical reasons why your body changes in response to intimacy. There are options you can try that do help. Please feel free to talk about your sexual well-being with your healthcare provider.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: December 2, 2020
Author: Cardiovascular Health and Stroke, SCN, Alberta Health Services
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