Heart failure (HF) requires you and your caregivers to pay close attention to any changes in symptoms. If you notice something new, or a sudden worsening of a current symptom, notify your healthcare professional immediately.
Rapid weight gain — check with your healthcare provider as to the amount you were told to report. It's so important for people with heart failure to weigh themselves every day — preferably every morning, before breakfast and after urinating, with the same type of clothes on, without shoes, on the same scale and in the same spot.
Shortness of breath while at rest, not related to exercise or exertion
Increased swelling of the lower limbs (legs or ankles)
Swelling of or pain in the abdomen
Trouble sleeping (awakening short of breath, using more pillows)
Frequent dry, hacking cough
Loss of appetite
Increased fatigue or feeling tired all the time
Feelings of sadness such as depression.
Download our Self-Check Plan for help with tracking your heart failure symptoms: