Once you have been treated for heart failure, flare-ups can happen. Be sure to call your doctor if you notice any of these warning signs of a flare-up:
- Your ankles or lower legs get puffy.
- Your shoes feel too tight.
- Your clothes are tighter at the waist.
- You have trouble getting rings on and off your fingers.
Shortness of Breath
- You have to breathe harder even while doing normal activities or resting.
- You wake up at night short of breath or coughing.
- You need to use more pillows or sit up to sleep.
Sudden Weight Gain
- You gain more than 3 pounds in 1 day.
- You gain more than 5 pounds in 1 week.
Other Warning Signs
- You feel weak, dizzy or unusually tired.
- You have chest pain or changes in your heartbeat.
- You have a cough that will not go away.
- You can not remember things.
- You lose your appetite.
Learn more about what to do after you are discharged:
- Coping With Heart Failure
- Taking Your Medication
- Tracking Your Weight
- Diet, Activity and Other Lifestyle Factors
- 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.