Some patients with heart failure need to limit the fluids they take in. Ask your doctor if you need to limit your fluids and how much you can have each day. Record the limit below, near the measuring charts.
At first, it is important to keep track of all fluids you have each day so you don’t go over your limit. You may find it helpful to write the information on a tracking sheet or calendar. You may also want to keep track of the information electronically, such as with an app on your phone. Keep a daily log until you are able to keep track of fluids without measuring.
You may find it helpful to track your fluids by filling up a bottle or pitcher with the same amount of water as your daily fluid limit (for example: 64 oz or 2,000 ml). Keep the container handy, and every time you have a fluid, empty the same amount of water out of the bottle. When the container is empty, you have reached your daily fluid limit.
Fluids can be measured in different ways. The charts below list conversions for fluid measurements and some samples. Some foods are considered fluids, including pudding, cow gelatin, all soups (thick or thin), Popsicles and ice cream. If you have any questions about fluids, please ask a member of your healthcare team.
My daily fluid limit is ____________ cups = ____________ml each day.
Being thirsty does not always mean your body needs more fluid. Be careful NOT to replace fluids that diuretics (“water pills”) help your body get rid of. Try these tricks if you get thirsty:
If you sweat a lot or are outdoors in hot weather, make sure you do not become dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration/not taking in enough fluids are:
If you have signs of dehydration, have one or more extra cups of water or other fluid.
If you have extra fluid in your body, you may feel like you can’t catch your breath.
If your shortness of breath is a new symptom or if it is worse than it has been, call your doctor or nurse. The following tips can help you get rid of extra fluid and breathe more easily.
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