Lifestyle Changes for Heart Failure

Updated:May 4,2016



Following recommendations about diet, exercise and other habits can help to alleviate symptoms, slow your disease's progression and improve your everyday life. In fact, people with mild to moderate heart failure (HF) often can lead nearly normal lives as a result.

You or your loved ones may have to change your regular routine by ...

Each puff of nicotine from tobacco smoke temporarily increases heart rate and blood pressure, even as less oxygen-rich blood circulates through the body. Smoking also leads to clumping or stickiness in the blood vessels feeding the heart. People who quit smoking are more likely to have their heart failure symptoms improve.

Learn more about quitting smoking.


Making these changes is easier said than done. Dealing with new restrictions and responsibilities is challenging, but working these changes into your daily routine can make a real difference.

HF Series in Heart Insight Magazine

HI mag coverBig Heart Problem
In the first of a four-part series on heart failure, we investigate what it is, what causes it and what’s the prognosis.

The Unrelaxing Heart
The second installment explains heart failure with muscle intact. Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita, share their personal experience with Rita’s own heart failure diagnosis.

The Ins and Outs of Hospitalization
Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This article looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Shared Decision Making for Advanced HF
When HF progresses to an advanced stage, there are many decisions to be made. Here we delve into the importance of shared decision making.


This content was last reviewed on 04/06/2015.

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