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There is lots you can do to help control your symptoms and improve your quality of life
It’s important to do what you can to ease the strain on your heart and keep as healthy as possible. In particular:
More information about keeping well is found in the 'Living with your heart condition' section.
In order to stay as well as possible it is important that you report any changes in your symptoms to your nurse or doctor, e.g.
Sometimes making small changes to what drugs you take, or what dose, can help avoid an acute attack and possible hospital admission.
Weighing yourself daily is an important aspect of managing heart failure
An increase in weight can be due to fluid retention and be a sign that your heart is not working efficiently enough.
Too much salt in the diet encourages fluid retention and may worsen the symptoms of heart failure. Eating less salt can help to ease the strain on your heart.
Depending on your situation, you may be advised to limit the amount of fluid you take in every day. If this is the case then your nurse or doctor will tell you how to do this. Some tips if you feel thirsty include:
Talking about how you feel can often help
As well as living with the physical aspects of your illness you may also notice that you feel anxious or low.