Changes in weight – up or down – can be a sign that your heart failure is getting worse. By weighing yourself every day, you can see any changes right away. The sooner you can talk to your doctor, the sooner they can assess the issue and adjust your treatment.
- Weight gain can be a sign your body is retaining fluid. The excess fluid is most often seen as swelling of the legs, ankles, and lower back. If you see a gain of 2 to 3 pounds in a day or 5 pounds in a week, call your doctor.
- Weight loss may be a sign of wasting of the body due to severe illness. If you have unexpected weight loss of 5% or more of your body weight in 6 months or less, call your doctor. This may be a sign of cardiac cachexia, or wasting syndrome. It can lead to serious organ damage.
How to Weigh Yourself
Weigh yourself each morning at the same time. Don’t eat or drink anything beforehand. Also, make sure to urinate before weighing yourself. Another tip is to always wear the same amount of clothing each time.
Keep a daily log of your weight. This makes it easier to see changes over time. Share this information with your doctor, too. It can help them make the right decisions about your treatment.
Weigh-in every day. That’s the way!