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Heart Failure Treatment Lifestyle Changes


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This video will help you understand some lifestyle changes you can make to treat heart failure.

Please watch the entire video to learn about lifestyle changes for heart failure.

As a heart failure patient, you may need to make some lifestyle changes to prevent further damage to your heart.

If you smoke, quitting is one of the most important things you can do for your heart.

Work with your health care provider to create a nutritious eating plan that also helps you maintain a healthy weight.

A heart healthy diet includes vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and whole grains as well as low fat or fat-free dairy products.

High calorie foods, such as cookies and soda, should be replaced with fruits and vegetables that don’t contain added salt and sugar.

Examples of foods in a healthy diet include vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli and tomatoes;

fruits, such as apples, oranges, and strawberries;

lean proteins, such as fish, chicken, and beans;

dairy foods, such as low fat yogurt and cheese;

starches, such as whole wheat bread and sweet potatoes;

and healthy drinks, such as water and fat-free milk.

Reduce the amount of salt and sugar you eat.

Keep sodium levels below two thousand milligrams to reduce the amount of water retained by your body.

Substitute solid fats with heart healthy oils, such as olive oil.

Limit the amount of fluid you drink. Ask your healthcare provider how much fluid you should drink each day.

And remember, a heart healthy diet doesn’t include alcohol.

Also, check with your healthcare provider about an exercise plan that’s right for you.

Thirty minutes of daily low-impact exercise can help strengthen your heart.

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about lifestyle changes to help you manage heart failure.