The health care team HSHS St. Joseph Hospital in Breese is here to help you better understand CHF and your treatment plan so you will know what to do when
Take medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor at the same time every day. This is very important. Know the drugs you take, how they work, possible side effects, how to take them and possible drug interactions. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide more information.
Diet changes usually include restricting sodium (salt) to 1,500 - 2,000 mg daily to reduce water retention. Avoid the salt shaker by using salt-free spice alternatives. Salt is hidden in most foods, so read food labels carefully. Avoiding salt will greatly affect how you feel and might even help you avoid another admission into the hospital.
Rest and activity
A little activity every day may help you feel better, but be careful not to get worn out. Put your feet up during the day to reduce ankle swelling and get plenty of sleep. Before you leave the hospital, you may get a visit from a cardiac rehab nurse who will talk about this in more detail.