The Heart Failure Zone Sheet and Daily Weight Log can be used to help monitor heart failure symptoms.
The Heart Failure Zone Sheet and Daily Weight Log tool can be used to monitor heart failure symptoms and recognize when flare-ups or emergency occurs. These tools help identify flare-ups early so that the person with heart failure can get the necessary treatment to keep them healthy at home and avoid trips to the emergency department.
Watch the video below to follow Alaise and her daughter’s journey with Heart Failure.
Alaise is an 83-year old woman with early-stage dementia and heart failure. Alaise lives with her daughter.
Alaise’s daughter uses the Heart Failure Zone Sheet and Daily Weight Log to determine if her mother may be experiencing a heart failure flare-up. After noticing a change in symptoms, her daughter identifies that Alaise is in the “yellow zone” and calls their local community health center for medical assistance.
A community nurse comes to their home and treats Alaise. The community nurse updates Alaise’s nurse practitioner on her condition.
Use questions on the Zone Sheet to know when the person with heart failure is doing well (green zone), when they need to call a doctor (yellow zone), and when they need to go to the hospital (red zone) based on their symptoms.
No changes in weight
Can perform daily activities as usual
No new swelling of feet, ankles, legs or stomach
2 pounds (1kg) weight gain/loss in one day
5 pounds (2-3 kg) weight gain/loss in one week
Increased or new shortness of breath
Shortness of breath that worsens when lying down or causes them to wake up from sleep
New swelling of feet, ankles, legs or stomach
Feeling weak and tired
Struggling to breathe or can't catch their breath
Heart is 'racing'
Can't think clearly or feeling confused
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Have sudden chest pain that won't go away