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When you have heart failure, it is important to
pay close attention to your symptoms. If you do,
you can notice any changes right away and know
when it is time to get help.
When your heart is not pumping properly, fuid
can build up in the lungs. It can make it harder to
breathe even when you’re resting. This is a
severe condition called pulmonary edema. It will
also cause ongoing coughing or wheezing, and it
requires emergency treatment.
Other warning signs of trouble:
Abdominal or chest pain
Trouble sleeping due to shortness of breath
Appetite loss
Feeling tired all the time
Fever or other fu-like symptoms
Call your doctor right away if you notice these
symptoms or any sudden change in your weight.
Discuss with your doctor when to get emergency
care. Post doctor and hospital numbers by your
phone. Also, keep a current list of your
medications, medical conditions and allergies
handy in case you need them in an emergency.
Signs Your Heart Failure Is Worsening
Talking with Your Doctor about Your Echocardiogram
When you have heart failure, your doctor may use an
echocardiogram, depending on your condition, every
so often to check your heart. Your doctor can use the
test to make sure your heart failure isn’t getting
Make sure to ask your doctor if there is anything
special you need to do before the test.
Getting Your Results
Once you’ve had your test, talk about the results
with your doctor. Your results may show that your
heart health hasn’t changed. Or the results may
show that your heart failure is getting worse. Your
heart might be beating too fast or in an abnormal
way. Or your heart muscle may be getting more
damaged and not working properly. If so, your doctor
may suggest that you have surgery or another
medical procedure.
Follow-Up Questions
If your test results are good, ask your doctor when
you need to have another test. If the test shows a
problem, ask about what treatments you need and
what the problem means for your overall health.
An echocardiogram is a
test that uses sound
waves to create an image
of your heart on a screen.
It shows how well your
heart is pumping and if
the heart muscle is
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