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Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Diet, Exercise & Other Lifestyle Changes

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.

Follow Up

  • 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:

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.