Heart failure - what to ask your doctor
Your heart is a pump that moves blood through your body. Heart failure occurs when blood does not move well and fluid builds up in places in your body that it shouldn't. Most often, fluid collects in your lungs and legs. Heart failure usually occurs because the muscles of your heart are weak.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your heart failure.
What to ask your doctor about heart failure; HF - what to ask your doctor
What kinds of heath checks do I need to do at home and how do I do them?
What are the signs and symptoms that my heart failure is getting worse? Will I always have the same symptoms?
What medicines am I taking to treat heart failure?
How much activity or exercise can I do?
Do I need to go to a cardiac rehabilitation program?
Are there limits on what I can do at work?
What should I do if I feel sad or very worried about my heart disease?
How can I change the way I live to make my heart stronger?
Review Date: 2/10/2013
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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