Patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure have a diminished ability to excrete free water load. Aside from a restricted sodium diet, these patients are generally advised by their physicians to limit fluid intake. MedHelp has added a great new tool for anyone trying to monitor the amount of fluid in a given time period. Patients (or their caregivers) will have the opportunity to track fluid consumption on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. In addition, fluid intake can be recorded in units of glasses, milliliters or fluid ounces. I hope you find the tracker helpful and will consider making it a part of your treatment management.
The trackers can be found by clicking on "My MedHelp" above. When the profile screen appears, click on "trackers" mid-screen. Next, click on "trackers" to the right hand side of your screen (small blue icon). Add any or all of the trackers that you feel will help you to maintain a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions on how to use the tracker, please do not hesitate to ask.
My mother has congestive heart failure. Her legs and ankles get swollen. If she goes on a water pill, it helps to relieve them. I guess she should not drink too much water, right? How much should she drink?
Liquid consumption and salt restriction are both important components for managing CHF. I can't say for certain how much water your mom would be allowed to drink in a day, but I believe my father was told 1 or 2 liters (can't remember which right now). Have your mom phone her doctor to find out how much liquid she is limited to per day.
By the way, in this case, liquid refers to all liquids including soups, jellos, etc...
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