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Heart failure action plan

Here is an action plan for those with heart failure:

Every day

  • Weigh yourself in the morning – but before breakfast – after you use the bathroom and write down your weight.
  • Take your medicine as you have been instructed.
  • Check for swelling in your feet, ankles, legs and stomach.
  • Eat low-salt food and watch the amount of fluid you drink.
  • Balance activity and rest periods.
  • Find your heart failure zone.

Green zone

All clear: this zone is your goal!

  • No shortness of breath
  • No weight gain of more than 2 pounds
  • No swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
  • No chest pain

Yellow zone

  • Caution – this zone is a warning. Call your doctor or Community Cares at 316-268-5255.
  • You have a weight gain of three pounds or more in one day.
  • You feel short of breath.
  • You have more swelling in your feet, ankles, legs or stomach.
  • You feel more tired or have no energy.
  • You have a dry, hacky cough.
  • You feel dizzy.
  • You feel uneasy; you know something is wrong.
  • It is harder for you to breathe when lying down or you need to sleep sitting up in a chair.
  • You wake up from your sleep short of breath or in a panic to breathe.

Red zone

  • Call your doctor or Community Cares to discuss symptoms if you have any of the following:
  • You are struggling to breathe and shortness of breath does not get better while sitting still.
  • You have confusion or can’t think clearly.