When you have heart failure, it is important to know when to call for help. Treatment will be needed to stop symptoms from getting worse. Early care can help stop major problems and decrease recovery time.

Read on to learn when to call your care team and when to call for emergency help. The earlier you call, the more likely that the help you get can result in better outcomes.

Signs That You Need to Call Your Care Team

Call your care team right away if you have:

  • A dry hacking cough
  • Problems breathing when you are active
  • More swelling in your legs, feet, and ankles
  • Gained more than 2 to 3 pounds in 24 hours or 5 pounds in a week
  • Pain or swelling in your belly
  • Problems sleeping

These signs may mean that your medicines need to be changed to ones that are more helpful for you. The only way this can happen is if you call your care team.

Signs That You Need to Call for Emergency Help

Call for emergency care right away if you have:

  • A dry, hacking cough that is happening more often
  • Problems breathing when you are at rest
  • More pain or swelling in your legs, feet, and ankles
  • Gained more than 2 to 3 pounds in 24 hours or 5 pounds in a week
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of sadness or depression
  • Lack of hunger
  • Worsening sleep problems
  • Problems lying flat

You need medical care right way if you have these signs.

Stay in Touch with Your Care Team

Your goal should be to lower the risk of more damage. The earlier you tell your care team about any problems you are having, the more they can work with you to prevent future damage.

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board
  • Review Date: 05/2019 -
  • Update Date: 05/21/2019 -