Stenosis of the Aortic Valve Self-Monitoring
Self-monitoring for aortic stenosis includes:
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Learn how to take your blood pressure
- Monitor your pulse
- Take your pulse daily while you are at rest. Report to your doctor any pulse rates that exceed 20 beats per minute over your normal resting pulse.
- Monitor your weight
- Aortic stenosis patients who have developed heart failure should weigh themselves every day. Many doctors recommend that heart failure patients use a quality bathroom scale. It is best to 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.
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