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Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Here are some questions you might consider asking your health care professional:

  • What type of heart failure do I have?
  • How will I know if my heart failure is getting worse?
  • How can I know what caused my heart failure?
  • When should I call 911?
  • Are there any health checks (weight, blood pressure, pulse) I should be doing? Which and how often?
  • Do I need to lose weight? What's the best way for me to lose weight?
  • If I notice weight gain, at what point should I call you?
  • What physical activities are best for me?
  • Can I exercise safely on my own? How much exercise do I need?
  • How much salt can I eat daily?
  • How much water and fluids should I drink each day?
  • Which medicines will I be taking for my condition, and what does each one do?
  • Do I need to worry about my medicines interacting with other medicines?
  • How often should I have my heart checked?
  • How do I plan in advance for my care if I get very sick?
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