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Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure, CHF)

Goal

  • Reduce risk of illness, hospital admission, stroke, and other complications of Heart Failure, using medications, lifestyle, and dietary changes.

Care Plan

  • Well controlled Blood Pressure.
  • Maintain an “ideal” weight (determine this with your clinician).
  • Low Salt Diet.
  • 30—60 minutes exercise (walking, biking or swimming) every day.
  • Take and record your blood pressure 2-3 times per week or as recommended.
  • Medications: Diuretics (water pills), ACE inhibitors (or Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers) and ß-blockers are frequently prescribed for patients with heart failure, with spironolactone also prescribed for patients with severe heart failure.
  • An echocardiogram or other test to measure your heart performance as advised by your clinician.
  • Annual flu shot.
  • Labs: CBC, BMP, before your office visit or as directed.
  • Office visit:
  • every 3 months if your weight, blood pressure, and vigor are stable.
  • As directed by your clinician.
  • Don’t forget to bring your journal (see below).

Tools needed

  • Blood pressure cuff and Blood Pressure Journal.
  • Bathroom Scale and Daily Weight Journal.
  • DASH eating Plan.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Medications as advised.

Heart Failure Information