Congestive Heart Failure and Monitoring Your Weight Daily

Congestive Heart Failure and Monitoring Your Weight Daily

January 6, 2020 1 By Bertrand Dibbert


TODD YAMOKOSKI: It’s important that, every
morning, you wake up and weigh yourself at the same time, wearing the same clothing,
using the same scale. This provides accuracy in tracking your daily weights. Be certain
that when you’re weighing yourself each morning that you’re not holding any object or doing
anything differently that might cause your weight to change. You should weigh yourself
before taking your morning medications and eating breakfast. Once you’ve weighed yourself,
it’s important that you track these changes and keep a record. You need to write down
your weight each day and compare it to the previous day’s weight. Tracking your weight
will allow us to see if you’ve gained more than 2 to 3 pounds in a day or 5 pounds in
one week. This record will also help your doctor and healthcare providers in making
changes to your medications. Tracking your weight each day will help keep you healthy
and at home. You can chart your weights every day using the tools that OSU Wexner Medical
Center has provided to you, located within your living with heart failure binder. It’s
important to keep a record of your daily weight — the body can take on up to 8 to 15 pounds
before swelling can be seen. Tracking your weight is the easiest way to notice a problem
before you experience symptoms. It’s also one of the easiest ways to stay at home and
not be admitted to the hospital.