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Diagnosed with heart failure

Diagnosed with heart failure

Believe me, heart failure is not the end of the world. And it is not the end of your healthy body goals. Here are some ways which will help you to better manage your condition and keep your heart healthy.

1. Track your symptoms

Every individual’s heart and body react very differently to heart failure. Once you have been diagnosed, initially you may not be able to spot the symptoms because the heart’s coping mechanism masks the symptoms. However, you may see small detrimental changes over time, which can be easy to miss if you aren’t paying close attention. But ignoring these symptoms could be dangerous. This is why it is essential to not just know but also track the symptoms of heart failure. It is essential to bring any changes to the notice of your cardiologist, no matter how subtle.

Symptoms of heart failure:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen ankles
  • High blood pressure
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Memory loss, confusion

2. Don’t wait till your symptoms escalate

If you do not address the mild symptoms, they are going to show up harshly. So do not wait for your symptoms to aggravate.

However, the onset of the following symptoms needs immediate medical attention.

  • Chest pain
  • Losing consciousness
  • Breathlessness
  • Sleep discomfort
  • Irregular/racing heartbeat

3. Management of heart failure

Managing heart failure is a life-long process, but if you are regular with your treatment and doctor's recommendations, nothing can stop you from living a happy and wholesome life, even with heart failure. Just remember to follow your doctor’s advice in your day-to-day life.

About the author:

Dr. Amit Pendharkar is the best Cardiologist in Delhi, He gives his best cardiology advice in Dwarka. He is available at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Dwarka, Sector 3. Dr. Amit Pendharkar is an experienced cardiologist practicing in Delhi.