Fluid Management Key to Living with Heart Failure
If you have heart failure, it’s important to limit your fluid intake. Heart failure slows the blood flow out of your heart, which can make fluid build up in your tissues. This can lead to swelling in the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen, as well as weight gain.
Try these tips to help manage your condition:
- Weigh yourself every morning at the same time before breakfast. Call your provider if you’ve gained more than 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week. Sudden weight gain may signal worsening heart function.
- Reduce your thirst without unnecessary liquids. Suck on ice chips (not cubes), chew sugarless gum, nibble on frozen grapes or put on lip balm. Avoid salty foods.
- Pay attention to how your shoes are fitting. Tight shoes may be a sign of fluid retention.
The Lourdes Heart Failure Center manages heart failure patients on an outpatient basis. In collaboration with the patient’s physician, the center staff evaluates fluid status, conducts blood tests, dispenses medicine, provides nutritional guidance and offers other assistance. For more information or to make an appointment, call (856) 668-8888.