- It's important to maintain track of your weight if you want to keep an eye on your Heart Failure symptoms. One of the earliest indicators of fluid retention is weight gain. Weight gain or loss should be reported to your doctor as directed.
- In general, if your weight goes up 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week, you should call to speak to the nurse or a member of the heart failure team. Fluid retention might be detected by changes in your weight. Changing your diuretic is often an easy way to cope with weight gain (water pill). To report weight increase, contact your health-care team right away. You may have to go to the hospital if you wait longer to call your doctor.
- Purchase a bathroom scale if you don't have one. Make sure the numbers on the scale are visible. Dial scales are more precise than digital scales, although they are more difficult to read. Furthermore, your weight will fluctuate during the day.
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- Keep your scale in a convenient position. Place the scale on a flat, non-carpeted surface. You may need to place a narrow board under your scale if you have carpet. Step on and off the scale three times to be sure it's reading correctly. Each time you step on the scale, it should read your weight to within one pound.
- To keep track of your weights, keep a calendar, notebook paper, or log near your scale. Step on the scale after emptying your bladder every morning. Before you eat or drink, weigh yourself. Always weigh yourself in the same clothes or none at all. Every day, keep track of your weight. It is not necessary to weigh twice a day. Make sure your doctor knows which weights you weigh in the morning and evening if you choose to do so.