Help to manage your heart failure symptoms with our symptom checker

The first step in managing your condition is to know your symptoms and understanding your own symptom flare patterns. It is important you monitor you symptoms as (even if well managed). Heart failure is a progressive disease and any changes need to be monitored1.

Changes to look out for include2:

  • Your breathing, so whether you become breathless during rest and activity and by how much
  • Whether your ankles, feet and stomach become swollen and if so how swollen
  • Your weight, have you rapidly gained weight?

Of course everyone has good days and bad days, but keeping a diary of how you feel and the severity of symptoms may help you keep track of your heart failure. Another useful tool might be our symptom checker, which takes you through the main symptoms of heart failure and is designed to help you evaluate how each one is impacting your life. The symptom checker is not intended to be used to diagnose heart failure or to replace medical advice.

Give the doctor as much information about how you’re feeling as early as possible, this will help them manage your symptoms and improve quality of life.

On a scale of 0 to 3, where 0 is 'None' and 3 is 'Severe', please tell us the effect the following symptoms have had on you in the past two weeks.

Check your symptoms

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Heart failure is a long-term condition, but with the correct management, it can be controlled. To do this, it is important to know about the symptoms of heart failure, and be on the lookout for any changes to your (or your loved ones) symptoms. That’s where our symptom checker can help. Use this tool to check your symptoms and monitor any changes to them. You may find it a helpful to use this tool when you discuss your symptoms during an appointment with your doctor. Click start to check your symptoms.

Shortness of breath

  • None

    0
  • Mild

    1
  • Moderate

    2
  • Severe

    3

Shortness of breath when lying down

  • None

    0
  • Mild

    1
  • Moderate

    2
  • Severe

    3

Tiredness

  • None

    0
  • Mild

    1
  • Moderate

    2
  • Severe

    3

Swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen

  • None

    0
  • Mild

    1
  • Moderate

    2
  • Severe

    3

Rapid heartbeat

  • None

    0
  • Mild

    1
  • Moderate

    2
  • Severe

    3

Sudden weight increase

Have you noticed a weight increase of more than 2 kg (about 6lbs) in the past week?

  • Yes

  • No

Loss of appetite

Have you experienced loss of appetite in the past two weeks?

  • Yes

  • No

Frequency of urination

Have you experienced a change in how often you urinate?

  • Yes

  • No

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Mood

Has your heart failure affected your mood?

  • Yes

  • No

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Effect on lifestyle

Has your heart failure prevented you from doing any activities you used to be able to do or enjoy?

  • Yes

  • No

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Thank you

Thank you for your submission.
You can download and print your results via the links below.

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Download a PDF version of the symptom checker here, which you can print out, complete and bring with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

 

1) American Heart Association. Warning signs of heart failure. Available here: http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/warning-signs-of-heart-failure. Last accessed July 2018
2) American Heart Association. Managing Heart Failure Symptoms. Available at: http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/warning-signs-of-heart-failure/managing-heart-failure-symptoms. Last accessed August 2018

 

This symptom checker has been developed by Novartis with patient groups and expert doctors. It takes into consideration recommendations from medical societies. This symptom checker is designed for your personal use and Novartis will not collect any personal information in connection with its use. Novartis will not have any liability from any and all claims, costs, losses, liabilities and damages of any sort, whether direct, indirect, special, consequential or otherwise, arising out of or related to your use of the symptom checker. The checker has been designed to check symptoms of chronic heart failure only.