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Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure

Early Signs of Heart Failure:

  • Weight gain or loss of 2-3 lbs in one day or 3-5 lbs in one week
  • Swelling in the legs, feet, hands or abdomen
  • A persistent cough or chest congestion
  • Increasing fatigue or a sudden decrease in your ability to do your usual activities
  • Loss of appetite or nausea
  • Fullness or bloating in the stomach
  • Confusion or restlessness
  • Intermittent or mild shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Urgent Signs of Heart Failure:

  • Increasing shortness of breath or new shortness of breath while resting
  • Trouble sleeping due to difficulty breathing (needing to use extra pillows or waking up short of breath)
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat, palpitations, or a “racing heart” that persists and makes you feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • Coughing up frothy or pink sputum
  • Feeling faint

If you experience the above symptoms contact our office immediately at (508) 368-3130 and ask for our Nurse Triage Line.

If You Experience These Emergency Symptoms Call 911 Immediately:

  • Chest discomfort not relieved after a maximum of 3 nitroglycerin tablets under the tongue spaced 5 minutes apart
  • Severe, persistent shortness of breath
  • Fainting or passing out
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