Heart failure 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 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
This content was last reviewed on 08/20/2012.