Managing your heart failure can be physically and emotionally challenging. You can overcome these challenges by following your heart failure management plan every day. This includes taking steps to reduce your symptoms, and reporting symptoms to your healthcare provider.

Key Questions to Ask About Each Part of Your Heart Failure Management Plan:

Managing Your Medications

  • How can I keep my medications organized?
  • Am I taking them every day as prescribed?
  • Can I afford my medications?

Limiting Your Sodium

  • Am I aware of how much sodium (salt) I eat?
  • How can I further reduce my salt intake?
  • Can I meet with a dietitian to review my food choices?

Quitting Smoking

If I smoke, have I spoken to my provider about finding a quitting method that works for me?

Being Physically Active

  • How can I add physical activity in my day?
  • How can I save my energy during my daily activities?

Monitoring Your Symptoms

  • Have any symptoms of my heart failure increased?
  • Do I check my lower body for swelling daily?
  • Am I weighing myself properly every day?
  • Where do I record my weight and my symptoms?
  • When do I share my records with my provider?

If you have problems following any part of your heart failure management plan, call your doctor. Together, you can discuss how to improve your care or determine if your plan needs to be changed

Heart failure can cause you to experience common PHYSICAL symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coughing
  • Increased thirst
  • Tiredness
  • Weight gain

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A special program designed for individuals with cardiovascular disease

We are proud to offer this new Cardiac Rehab department to our Mercy Regional Medical Center patients.

What is Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?

Cardiovascular rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to optimize a cardiac patient's physical, psychological, and social functioning, in addition to stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of underlying cardiovascular disease processes, thereby reducing death and disability.

To find out more, call 337-363-5684.