Questions to Ask About Heart Failure Symptoms

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider about heart failure symptoms. 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.


  • What are the symptoms we should watch for?

  • Are there symptoms that are expected?

  • What should we do if symptoms suddenly get worse?

  • What changes in symptoms should we report?

    • Such as medication side effects or new or changed HF symptoms like swelling or weight gain?

  • Will my loved one be on new medications? Why and what effects will they have?

  • What should be done for leg swelling? Shortness of breath? Clothes feeling tighter?

  • How will symptoms affect daily activities, such as having sex, playing golf, or babysitting grandkids?

  • What lifestyle changes can be made to reduce symptoms?

  • What can be done to reduce stress and anxiety?

  • When should we call the provider and when should we call 9-1-1?

  • How will symptoms change as heart failure progresses?

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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