Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Congestive Heart Failure after Childbirth Lifestyle

Lifestyle changes in those with postpartum cardiomyopathy should include:

  • Avoid alcohol completely:
  • Avoid smoke in all forms.
  • Control risk factors:
  • Exercise:
    • A physician-approved exercise program is beneficial in many individuals with congestive heart failure.
    • Exercise should be regular but not strenuous.
    • Gradually increase your level of activity with walking to increase your strength.
    • Do not lift over 10 pounds.
    • Develop strategies to conserve your energy.
  • Sleeping:
    • Elevate the head of your bed at nighttime and elevate your feet when sitting.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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