Heart Failure (cont.)
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When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor soon if you have symptoms of heart failure, which include:
Also call your doctor soon if you have been diagnosed with heart failure and your symptoms get worse. In general, it is a good idea to call your doctor anytime you have a sudden change in symptoms.
Call your doctor right away if you have a pacemaker or ICD and think you have an infection near the device. Signs of an infection include:
You can try home treatment for symptoms such as mild fluid buildup (edema) and feeling very tired. But sudden shortness of breath, even if it is mild, should always be checked by your doctor.
Who to see
The following health professionals can treat you for heart failure:
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