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Heart failure diagnosis: Tools for positive outcomes

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A safe goal for people with mild to moderate symptoms is a 15-to-30-minute session of aerobic exercise three to five times a week..

Don't get scared. Be proactive by improving diet, exercising, and tracking your symptoms.

When the doctor says you have heart failure, it's natural to become frightened. "Most patients are very scared, and that is understandable; failure is never a good word," says cardiologist Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a professor at Harvard Medical School and editor in chief of the Harvard Heart Letter.

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