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It is possible to lead a normal active life, even if you have heart failure. Taking control of heart failure is key to your success. You can take control by following the treatment plan prescribed for you. Your care is not just the responsibility of your doctor or nurse. In fact, the success of your treatment plan depends on your active involvement.

This module will help you learn to live successfully with heart failure. It will provide information on:

  • Why it is important to follow your treatment plan.
  • Tips for following your doctor or nurse’s advice.
  • Assessing your heart failure symptoms.

It will help you:

  • Follow your treatment plan more closely and with less trouble.
  • Monitor and attend to your symptoms.
  • Learn when you should seek immediate help for your symptoms.
Taking Charge of Heart Failure
Following Your Treatment Plan
Barriers to Following Your Treatment Plan
Overcoming Barriers to Treatment
Tips for Taking All of Your Medicine as Prescribed
Tips for Exercising Regularly
Tips for Following Your Diet
Other Tips for Following Your Treatment Plan
Managing Your Symptoms
Symptoms of Heart Failure: When to Call for Help
Early Symptoms of Heart Failure
Tracking Your Symptoms
Monitoring Your Weight Gain and Body Swelling Daily
Treat Weight Gain and Swelling Right Away
Questions and Answers About Self-Care
Prevent Fatigue from Interfering with Your Life
Other Questions to Ask Your Doctor or Nurse


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