Heart Failure: Tips for Easier Breathing

Overview

If you have heart failure, the following tips may help you deal with fluid buildup that makes it hard to breathe.

Call your doctor if you have new symptoms or if your symptoms have become worse.

  • Elevate your upper body.

    Sit in a chair or prop yourself up with pillows. At night, sleep with one or two pillows under your upper body and head.

  • Avoid doing too much until you feel better.

    For example, avoid climbing stairs or walking longer distances until you can do so more easily.

  • Don't smoke.

    Smoking will make it harder for you to breathe.

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Current as of: January 10, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine