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What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed with Heart Failure?

It’s okay to feel scared or overwhelmed, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone.

  1. Heart failure diagnosis surely is scary but it is important to look at it with a proper perspective and bring about positive changes by
    Regularly exercising
    having low sodium diet
    taking all medications as per instructions
    follow up with doctor and monitor any kind of symptoms or changes

    1. Great advice, @epiphany75! Thanks for sharing with the community! -Jessica, Team Member

  2. So appreciative of your advice. My cardiologist has given me a medical time line which is maybe one year.. I know God has the finale say - I live by faith and secondly follow my doctors instructions-but I do have my moments. Merry Christmas, Joan Kimbell

    1. Thank you for letting us know that you found the advice helpful. You are correct in that "God has the finale say." And so you know, I have seen many people live well beyond such predictions. Glad to hear you are following your doctor's instructions. Keep up the good work. And here's wishing you all the best. And happy holidays to you and yours. John. heart-failure.net community moderator.

  3. Take a positive attitude. Do what you have always done. You can, but accept you will be slower. Accept help when it is offered. Take exercise but do it in a group then you will have a social group and you will make new friends and look forward to the exercise days. Having a common aim and a bit of a gossip is good for you! I feel my time is limited and I intend to use it to enjoy myself.

    1. These are all amazing tips, @jojackre! Thank you so much for sharing with the community! -Jessica, Team Member

    2. These are wonderful tips. Thank you for sharing. I agree with exercising in a group because as one starts to gradually decline in health it is good to have someone to lean on for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical support. Leslie (Community Moderator

  4. I know in the beginning it was very hard to see beyond the things I could not do following my MI and CHF diagnosis. Try to focus on what you can do -- whether it is getting up to the bathroom by yourself or going for a short walk. Then try to add a little bit over time. Mastery builds confidence. And don't beat yourself up. I revived an old hobby (balsa airplanes), take periodic field trips to museums, and try to do some form of exercise every day -- even if it is just a walk. In my experience, my condition really started to improve after completing the 12 week cardiac rehab program. The exercises are tailored to what you can do and your heart is monitored the entire time for safety. I highly recommend it if you can tolerate it.

    1. Thank you for sharing! I would definitely agree with you on focusing on what you can do versus what you can’t do for the time being. Exercise, eating as healthy as possible, taking medication as prescribed, and getting enough sleep are all good advice for someone newly diagnosed with CHF. Leslie (Community Moderator)

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