Physical Changes to Report for Heart Failure

Updated:May 19,2015

Heart failure requires you and your caregivers to pay close attention to any changes in symptoms. If you notice something new, or a sudden worsening of a current symptom, notify your healthcare professional immediately.
Watch for:

  • Rapid weight gain — check with your healthcare provider as to the amount you were told to report. It's so important for people with heart failure to weigh themselves every day — preferably every morning, before breakfast and after urinating, with the same type of clothes on, without shoes, on the same scale and in the same spot.
  • Shortness of breath while at rest, not related to exercise or exertion
  • Increased swelling of the lower limbs (legs or ankles)
  • Swelling of or pain in the abdomen
  • Trouble sleeping (awakening short of breath, using more pillows)
  • Frequent dry, hacking cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased fatigue or feeling tired all the time
Psychological changes:
  • Feelings of sadness such as depression.

This content was last reviewed on 04/06/2015.

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