Heart Failure Care and Monitoring Questions

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider about heart failure care and monitoring. This will help you make the most of the appointment.

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  • Write down questions a few days in advance to make sure all concerns are included.

  • Do not limit yourself to these questions; ask others as you think of them.

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If your loved one has been diagnosed with heart failure, you both will likely have a lot of questions. Your first resource should be the healthcare team, as they can help navigate any confusion or uncertainty. Asking the most relevant questions will help you know what to anticipate and how to take action.

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider ahead of time. This will help you make the most of your loved one's next appointment.

Questions About Heart Failure Care and Monitoring

  • How do we check for pulse and blood pressure?

  • How should we check weight?

  • When should these checks be done?

  • How should we keep track of blood pressure, weight, and pulse?

  • What should we do if weight goes up?

  • What supplies are needed?

  • What should be done if my loved one's legs swell up? If shortness of breath increases? If clothes feel tight?

  • When should we call the doctor? When should we call 9-1-1?

  • How much activity or exercise?

  • Are there activities or exercises that are not safe?

  • Is it safe to exercise alone? 

  • What should we do if my loved one feels sad or very worried about their heart disease?

  • How much water or fluid can they have every day?

  • How much salt can they have? What are other types of seasoning we can use instead of salt?

  • What is a heart-healthy diet? Is it ever okay to eat something that is not heart-healthy? What are some ways to eat healthy at a restaurant?

  • Is it okay to drink alcohol? How much is okay?

  • Is it okay to be around people who are smoking? Sick?

  • How do we explain heart failure to friends, family, and co-workers?

No content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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