Monitoring Your Weight While Participating in Cardiac Rehab
Weight management is an important part of reducing cardiac risk
factors that stress your heart and other muscles and organs. A goal for any
cardiac rehab program is to give you the necessary information and guidance to
achieve a healthy weight through exercise and a balanced diet.
If you have
heart failure or have just had open-heart surgery,
monitoring your weight is especially important. People with heart failure must
watch for a sudden weight gain, which indicates fluid retention and worsening
heart failure. People who have had open-heart surgery must also watch for
sudden weight gain/fluid retention that could mean a complication of the
When and how often should I weigh myself?
If your doctor recommends it, you should weigh yourself once a week
on the same scale with the same amount of clothing at the same time of day. The
best time may be soon after you get up in the morning, but after you go to the
bathroom. This way, your measurements are consistent and accurate. You may want
to keep a diary of your weight. (If you have heart failure, your doctor may
advise you to weigh yourself every day.)
Call your doctor if you notice a sudden weight gain. Your doctor
may tell you how much weight to watch for. But in general, call your doctor if
you gain 3 lb (1.4 kg) or more
in 2 to 3 days.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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