How did you find out that you had Heart Failure (HF)? Maybe you tried to ignore the symptoms. Or to blame the changes on your age. But for one reason or another, you went to the doctor. Maybe even the hospital.
Use this site to:
Understand more about HF
Find out how eating right can make a difference
Learn the importance of activity and how to approach it
Watch videos of other people with HF, and those who love them, talk about their HF experiences
Sign up for the Keep It Pumping support program, including the Heart Failure Handbook
Get an HF app that can help you track your health and treatment
For help with the challenges of actively managing HF and your treatment, register for the Keep It Pumping resource program, including the Heart Failure Handbook.
Hospitals and health care professionals provide you with the medical care you need when you need it. But just as important is what you do to manage your HF day in, day out.
Actively managing HF may mean a whole new way of life for you. A new approach to what you eat. A new commitment to regular activity. Maybe extra medicines to take. It’s a lot to take on all at once.
For some people with HF, cardiac rehabilitation—cardiac rehab—can provide the individual support they need through this critical period, including:
A medical evaluation to find out what you can and can't do
A physical activity program to match your capabilities
Counseling on what it means to have HF and how to manage your risk with diet, nutrition, and prescription medicines
A professionally supervised cardiac rehab program can help you address your individual risk factors and adapt to the changes you need for a healthier lifestyle—such as diet, activity, and dealing with stress.
Actively managing HF can be quite a challenge. The aim is to keep weight and salt down, mood and activity high. Every day.
Here’s a simple form to record how you’re doing: a day at a time.
Get help managing HF with how-tos from a low-salt diet to daily activity. Sign up
Track vital signs, link devices, manage treatment activities on your phone. Download
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