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If you have Heart Failure, help is here

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.

For more on how to cope with having HF

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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.

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Is cardiac rehab right for you?

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.

Easing the transition

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

Ask the doctor about cardiac rehab

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.

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Managing HF means following a plan

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.

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What led you to learn you had HF?

Breathlessness

Tiredness

Swelling in my legs

Another health problem

Regular doctor's exam

Loved one was worried

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Heart Failure
Handbook

Get help managing HF with how-tos from a low-salt diet to daily activity. Sign up

The Heart
Partner
app

Track vital signs, link devices, manage treatment activities on your phone. Download

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