Heart Failure after Childbirth Self-Monitoring
Self-monitoring is important in postpartum cardiomyopathy:
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Monitor your pulse.
- Take your pulse daily while you are at rest. Keep a logbook of your results. Report to your doctor any pulse rates that exceed 20 beats per minute over your normal resting pulse.
- Monitor your weight:
- Heart failure patients should weigh themselves every day.
- Obtain a weight at the same time each day and record the weight on paper.
- Keeping a log of daily weights is especially important for patients who may have difficulty with their memory.
- Your heart failure may be out of control if you gain more than 2 pounds (1 kg) over one day.
- Your heart failure may be out of control if you gain more than 5 pounds (2.5 kg) over one week.
- Monitor your diet:
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