Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure, CHF)
- Reduce risk of illness, hospital admission, stroke, and other complications of Heart Failure, using medications, lifestyle, and dietary changes.
- 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).
- 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