Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
V.I.A. Health System
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Meet Our Cardiologists
Heart Failure Causes and Symptoms
Joint Commission
Activity Level and Restrictions
Reading Food Nutrition Labels
Diet Tips
Controling Fluid Intake
Daily Weight
Heart Failure Medications
Home Care for Heart Patients
Testing for Heart Failure
Guidelines for Sexual Activity
Smoking Cessation
Heart Failure Support Group Meetings

Daily Weight

Heart failure may cause you to have fluid build-up in your legs, ankles, feet, lungs or abdomen. By recording daily weights, it is easier for you to see any increase in fluid.

Daily Routine

1. Record the date and weight for that day.
2. Weigh yourself at the same time each day with the same amount of clothes on.
3. Record any changes made in your diuretic (water pill) that day.

Notify you physician for:

  • Weight gain of 3 pounds or more in one day or 5 pounds or more in one week.
  • Increased ankle, leg, feet or abdominal swelling.
  • Decreased exercise tolerance.
  • Worsening shortness of breath.