If you are under a doctor's care for heart failure, the following tips may help you deal with fluid buildup that causes difficulty with breathing.
Note: If your symptoms are severe enough to require these measures and you have not been diagnosed with heart failure, call your doctor first. Also, call your doctor if these arenew symptoms or if your symptoms have become worse than they were when you last saw your doctor.
Tips for easier breathing
Elevate your upper body (sit in a chair or prop yourself up with pillows).
At night, sleep with one or two pillows under your upper body and head.
Avoid unnecessary exertion (like climbing stairs) until you feel better.
Don't smoke. Smoking will make it more difficult for you to breathe.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Medical Review:Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology