Heart failure zones

What zone are you in?

Every day

  • Weigh yourself first thing in the morning after urinating, before eating or drinking, in the same clothes, and using the same scale located on hard flooring (not on a rug).
  • Check for swelling in your feet, ankles, legs and stomach.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Remember to eat foods low in salt and get daily exercise.
Green Zone-All Clear


This is your goal zone

You are in good control if you have:

  • No weight gain of more than 2 pounds
  • No shortness of breath
  • No swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
  • No chest pain
  • No decrease in ability to maintain your usual activity level
Yellow Zone-Caution

This is your warning zone

Call your primary care provider if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain of 2 pounds or more since yesterday or weight gain of 3 to 5 pounds in the past week
  • Dizzy or unusually tired
  • Shortness of breath especially when lying down
  • Feeling like something is just not right
  • Increased coughing especially when lying down
  • Increased swelling of your feet, ankles, legs or stomach
  • An increase in the number of pillows needed to sleep or the need to sleep in a chair
Red Zone-Emergency

Go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1

If you have any of these symptoms:

  • Struggling to breathe
  • Unrelieved shortness of breath
  • Chest pain unrelieved by nitroglycerin
  • Confusion or mental changes

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