What Should You Report?

Signs and Symptoms to Report to Your Health Care Provider

Many people may have questions about which signs and symptoms to report to their health care providers. Here are list of some signs and symptoms you should be reporting to your health care providers

Heart Attack or Surgery

Chest pressure of chest pain unrelieved by one nitroglycerin (call 911 to be taken to the emergency room)
Change in blood pressure
Change in sexual ability
Fatigue or lack of energy
Inability to perform daily activities as expected
Inability to take the medicine
Side effects associated with the prescribed medication
Shortness of breath
Unexplained weight gain
Wound that is not healing has drainage that is unexpected, tenderness at the site, redness/swelling at the site.

Heart Failure

Change in blood pressure
Confusion, impaired thinking
Lack of appetite
Heart rate: Slow (below 50) or Increased (above 110)
Persistent coughing or wheezing
Shortness of breath
Fatigue or lack of energy
Weight gain greater than 2 lbs in a day or 5 lbs in a week
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High Blood Pressure

Change in the blood pressure
Confusion, impaired thinking
Inability to take the prescribed medication

Pacemaker or Implanted Defibrillator

Inability to transmit or download from your device
Beeping tone heard from the device
Pulse rate has changed.
Abnormal heart rate
Redness or swelling at the insertion site
When the implanted defibrillator has delivered a shock 

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