Heart valve disease or valvular heart disease happens when the heart valves don't work properly. Valvular heart disease can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired.
Talk with your doctor about the amount of exercise you can do. Typically, it is recommended to start slow and build to 20 or 30 minutes, three to four times a week. Ensure that you get plenty of rest throughout the day. Minimize your stress level when possible.
Rapid weight gain may be a sign that you are retaining fluid, so weighing yourself daily is very important to managing CHF. Weigh yourself every morning after you use the restroom and before you eat breakfast. Keep a daily weight log and bring it with you to all of your doctor appointments.
It is important that you make healthy food choices and follow your diet as directed
Do not stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor. Some heart failure medications include:
Take your medication at the time your doctor ordered. It is helpful to use a daily event (brushing teeth or a certain meal) to remind yourself. Know the side effects of your medications and call your doctor right away if you have any.
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