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:
Call your doctor if you have sudden weight gain, such as more than 2 lb (0.9 kg) to 3 lb (1.4 kg) in a day or 5 lb (2.3 kg) in a week. (Your doctor may suggest a different range of weight gain.) 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, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerGeorge Philippides, MD - Cardiology
Current as ofFebruary 23, 2017
Current as of:
February 23, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
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