Safety Tip Sunday: What To Do With Symptoms of Heart Failure


The Mayo Clinic ‘s Guide on Heart Failure recommends that if a person experiences any of the following symptoms, that you seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:

Chest pain
Fainting or severe weakness
Rapid or irregular heartbeat associated with shortness of breath, chest pain or fainting
Sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus

The diagram below breaks things down into a simple to follow traffic light signal guide (green light- things are fine; Yellow light- I have warning signs…I better beware; Red light- I need to stop and take action, I’m in trouble and I need help now).


Talk to your health care provider. Symptoms of heart failure can be treated to prevent a life-threatening event. Long term treatment solutions include medication, diet and lifestyle modifications, fluid balance management, and self-care monitoring. Follow your healthcare providers recommendations for a safe and healthy outlook!

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