Heart Failure (cont.)
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Living With Heart Failure
You can feel better when you have heart failure by taking your medicines as directed, having a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding things that make heart failure worse. To find out the things you can do every day, what to watch for, and when to call a doctor, see:
Having a healthy lifestyle
Avoiding things that make heart failure worse
Avoid triggers, such as too much salt (sodium) and certain medicines, that can cause sudden heart failure. For more information, see:
Treating your sleep problems
Many people with heart failure have trouble sleeping. Your doctor may be able to find out what is causing your sleep problems and help you get a good night's sleep.
For more information, see:
Getting help for problems with sex
Most people with heart failure can still have an active sex life. But sexual problems are common. Your interest may drop, or you may have shortness of breath or other symptoms that limit your ability to have sex. Men may have erection problems.
Talk to your doctor. You can get help for erection problems or other sexual troubles. You also can follow some tips to make sex easier on your heart. For more information, see the topics:
Other things you can do to take care of yourself
Help for caregivers
It can be rewarding to help a loved one with heart failure. But it's also a lot of work. And it can be hard emotionally.
If you are taking care of a loved one, make sure that you also take care of yourself. This can mean taking breaks by getting help from family or friends. You also may be able to use respite care. These services provide someone who will stay with your loved one while you get out of the house for a few hours. For more information, see:
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