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Heart Failure Self-Management—Caring for Your Heart: Living Well With Heart Failure


These health communication aides for clinicians can help them demonstrate to patients that organized self-management support can improve self-care behaviors and prevent hospitalizations.

These materials are available in two versions, currently being tested in a multicenter clinical trial. The versions are identical except for one aspect. Version 1 does not teach patients how to self-adjust their diuretic dose based on daily weights. Rather, it instructs patients to call their clinician if the weight changes by a certain amount. Version 2 teaches patients to adjust their diuretic dose based on daily weights. It advises patients to notify the clinician for sustained or substantial weight changes. Version 2 also comes with a water pill guide that patients can keep out to remind them of the correct dosing, as well as a weight chart for patients to keep track of their daily weights.

These materials are also available in Spanish.

Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at:


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; San Francisco General Hospital; University of North Carolina

Funding Sources

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S.)

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  • Release Date: 2007
  • Original Summary: 10/2012
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Last updated: January 30, 2013.