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People who have heart failure need to track
their weight carefully. Checking your weight lets you know how much extra fluid
your body is holding on to. Sudden weight gain may mean that fluid is building
up in your body because your heart failure is getting worse. Knowing how your
weight is changing helps you manage your heart failure.
hard to track your weight. Here are some things to keep in mind:
It's easy to keep track of your weight if you check it every day. Here
are some tips:
Keep a few notes on your calendar about how you feel
each day. Here are some things to ask yourself:
If you suddenly gain weight, call your doctor. Your doctor
may tell you how much weight to watch out for. But in general, call your doctor
if you gain 3 lb (1.4 kg) or
more in 2 to 3 days. If you are gaining weight slowly, tell your doctor on your
Tell your doctor if you are having to prop yourself up at
night to breathe, or if you wake up in the night feeling out of breath.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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