Lower the stress and worry that sometimes are associated with doctor’s appointments by making sure your loved one has all the information he or she needs. This preparation is an important step toward becoming partners in healthcare.
These may be treated with medication and diet adjustments before they become more serious:
- Shortness of breath
- Inability to exercise
- Difficulty lying flat without extra pillows
- Swelling in legs
- Abdominal distention and bloating
- Coughing or wheezing
- Sudden weight gain
- Nausea or lack of appetite
Most of these symptoms are caused by excess fluid build-up. In heart failure, the body has difficulty ridding itself of salt and water.