After you have been treated for heart failure, making some simple lifestyle changes can play a key role in your recovery.
Follow a Low-Sodium Diet
- Limit canned, dried, packaged and fast foods.
- Do not add salt to your food at the table.
- When you cook, season your dishes with herbs and sodium-free spices instead of salt.
Incorporate Activity Into Your Life
- Ask your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you.
- You can benefit from simple activities such as walking or gardening.
- Do not be discouraged if your progress is slow at first; just keep it up.
Kick the (Smoking) Habit
- If you smoke, now is the time to stop.
- Talk to your doctor if you need a recommendation for a stop-smoking program that is right for you.
- Schedule follow-up as directed by your doctor.
- Keep all your appointments for checkups and lab tests.
Learn more about what to do after you are discharged:
- Coping With Heart Failure
- Taking Your Medication
- Tracking Your Weight
- Watching for Warning Signs
- When to Call Your Doctor
For more information about heart failure treatment at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center or to make an appointment, please call us at 713-DEBAKEY (713-332-2539) or complete our online contact us form.