The staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage your heart failure symptoms when you are discharged.
Why this is important:
Heart failure is a chronic condition. It results in symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue. Before you leave the hospital, the staff at the hospital should provide you with information to help you manage the symptoms after you get home.
The information should include your:
- activity level (what you can and can't do)
- diet (what you should, and shouldn't eat or drink)
- follow-up appointment
- watching your daily weight
- what to do if your symptoms get worse
The chart above indicates the percentage of patients that were provided information when they were discharged to help manage their heart failure symptoms.