If you suffer from heart failure, you have to take the following actions every single day:
• Take your medications, and follow all of the instructions.
• Take your blood pressure each day and report any significant changes (either too high or too low) to your doctor.
• Restrict your fluid intake. Drink fluid only with meals and medications.
• Use no salt at all. This is also true for people at risk of heart failure; a study last year found high salt intake doubled heart failure risk.
• Stick to a plant-based diet. A new study on middle-age men found that eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a higher risk of heart failure, although there was no link with fish or eggs.
• Weigh yourself daily; if you’ve gained more than three pounds, call your doctor. Your medication may need to be adjusted.
Remember, a diagnosis of congestive heart failure is not a death sentence. You absolutely can beat it and live a long, healthy, and active life.
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