The following actions can lower the risks of additional complications for patients with heart failure:
- Confirm your medications are appropriate. Have a specialist regularly review your medications to ensure you are receiving the proper type and dosage.
- Don’t drink excessive amounts of fluid. Fluid build-up is a contributing factor in heart failure.
- Don’t eat salty foods, as they retain fluids and can lead to heart failure.
- Exercise regularly.
- When food shopping, pay attention to labels. Go on a video tour of a grocery store with a Johns Hopkins registered dietitian.
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