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 - 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 - 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