Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pulmonary Edema Self-Monitoring

Self-monitoring for congestive heart failure includes:

  • Monitor your blood pressure:
    • Use a home blood pressure device every day.
    • Keep a logbook of your results
    • Your heart failure may be out of control when your blood pressure is higher than usual.
    • Your heart failure may be out of control when your blood pressure is lower than usual.
  • Monitor your pulse:
    • Take your pulse daily while you are at rest.
    • Notify your doctor of a persistent, unusually high or low pulse rate.
  • 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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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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