Avoid Unnecessary Demands on Your Heart

If you’re living with heart failure, making healthy lifestyle choices can have a big impact on how you feel. It’s all about taking as much stress off of your heart as possible. You can reduce the work your heart has to do by:

  • Limiting sodium and fluid intake
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Finding the right balance of rest and physical activity
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Quitting smoking

Some other ways to take stress off your heart are:

  • Avoid extreme temperatures since they make your body work harder to maintain its normal temperature.
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing since it can cause problems with blood flow.
  • Stay healthy by getting a flu shot or a pneumonia shot every year.
  • Avoid being around people who are sick.
  • Add stress-reduction methods into your life, yoga, or meditation.

By taking care of your heart every day, you can improve your symptoms and make a big difference in how you feel each day.