Q- Do I need a Heart Failure Action Plan?

Action Plan provides clear instructions for you and your caregivers to follow should any new signs or symptoms develop. You and your doctor can work together to create a plan that is tailored to your unique type and class of heart failure, as well as your functional skills. Knowing what to do and when can be difficult, and if you don't have a plan in place, it can be stressful.

Cardiologists recommend that everyone with heart failure have an action plan to help guide their self-care at home. A heart failure action plan or self-check plan

According to the American Heart Association, a typical plan may fall into three zones:

  • GREEN- Stable 
You don't have any noticeable changes in heart failure signs or symptoms. Your weight is stable. You don't have chest pain or shortness of breath. Continue your daily weight checks and treatment plan as recommended. Ask your doctor about your target weight.

  • YELLOW- Warning 
your doctor if you have a new cough, shortness of breath with activity, increased swelling in your legs or feet, or if you suddenly gain 2 to 5 pounds within a week. You don't need to go to the doctor, but you should be cautious. It's possible that all you need is a change in your diet or medication.

  • RED- Danger
If you have heart failure and gain more than 5 pounds in a week, are unable to lie flat, have shortness of breath at rest, increased swelling and discomfort in the lower body, or have a persistent, hacking cough, go to the emergency hospital or phone your local emergency number.

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Following your action plan to the point might help your doctor treat any new health issues that arise more quickly and better manage your care. If you follow your self-care or action plans, you may have fewer hospital admissions or shorter hospital stays, especially if you are under 65.

Also, be sure to tell your doctor if you are feeling sad or depressed. Depression may make it difficult to stick to your action plan and overall treatment. Proper treatment may help you feel better.

Watch the below video on Warning Signs of Heart failure

References- 1. What is a heart failure action plan? (n.d.). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-failure/expert-answers/heart-failure-action-plan/faq-20433731