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The first step in managing your condition is to know your symptoms and understanding your own symptom flare patterns. It is important you monitor you symptoms as (even if well managed). Heart failure is a progressive disease and any changes need to be monitored1.

Changes to look out for include2:

  • Your breathing, so whether you become breathless during rest and activity and by how much
  • Whether your ankles, feet and stomach become swollen and if so how swollen
  • Your weight, have you rapidly gained weight?

Of course everyone has good days and bad days, but keeping a diary of how you feel and the severity of symptoms may help you keep track of your heart failure. Another useful tool might be our symptom checker, which takes you through the main symptoms of heart failure and is designed to help you evaluate how each one is impacting your life. The symptom checker is not intended to be used to diagnose heart failure or to replace medical advice.

Give the doctor as much information about how you’re feeling as early as possible, this will help them manage your symptoms and improve quality of life.

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Check your symptoms

Heart failure is a long-term condition, but with the correct management, it can be controlled. To do this, it is important to know about the symptoms of heart failure, and be on the lookout for any changes to you (or your loved ones) symptoms. That's where our symptom checker can help. Use this tool to check tour symptoms and monitor any changes to them. You may find it a helpful to use this tool when you discuss your symptoms during an appointment with your doctor. Click start to check your symptoms.