Heart Failure Zones
ξ Weigh yourself first thing every morning and write it down
ξ Take your medications as prescribed
ξ Check for swelling
ξ Note changes in breathing
ξ Eat a low salt diet
ξ Watch your fluid intake
Which heart failure zone are you in today?
All clear - This zone is your goal. Your symptoms are under control.
ξ No shortness of breath
ξ No weight gain more than 3 pounds
ξ No swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
ξ No chest pain
Caution - This zone is a warning. Call your doctor’s office.
ξ Weight gain of 3 pounds in 1 day or weight gain of 5 pounds in one week
ξ More shortness of breath
ξ More swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
ξ Feeling more tired or have no energy
ξ Dry cough
ξ Harder to breathe when lying flat
EMERGENCY – Call 911
Call 9-1-1 if you have:
ξ Severe chest pain
ξ Severe shortness of breath
Track Your Progress
Use the log on the next page to track your weight and other changes.
My Daily Heart Failure Log
It can help to keep a log. Try the one below or make one that works for you.
ξ Record your weight every day.
ξ Note any changes in your heart failure symptoms.
ξ Be sure to take your medicines each day.
ξ Call your provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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