Hands-on heart failure resource supports patients to manage their condition

The BHF’s guide to heart failure is now easier for patients to understand and can be used to log their goals.

2 October 2018, by Claire Shaw

Stack of 'Your guide to heart failure' booklets 

The BHF’s resource for newly diagnosed heart failure patients has been refreshed to make it easier for patients to use and understand, and includes more advice on living with the condition.

The new publication, ‘Your guide to heart failure’ (previously called ‘An everyday guide to living with heart failure’), is available to order or download now.

What’s changed about the guide?

The booklet is now more focused on personalising your patient’s journey through understanding and managing heart failure.

We’ve changed the paper type so it’s easier to write on, meaning they can use the tick boxes and lined pages to manage their medications and add in their thoughts and goals.

We’ve added more advice on eating healthily, living with heart failure, mental health and wellbeing. 

We’ve also changed the layout and added more illustrations and graphics to make the content easier for patients to read and understand.

The content has been medically updated and some of the medications have changed or been removed.

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We sought the views of healthcare professionals and heart failure patients when redesigning this resource. As a result of their feedback, we’ve removed a large proportion of the palliative care section. We plan to create a separate resource on end-of-life care that can be handed out to patients when the time is right. 

The pull-out personal record booklet that used to be a part of our heart failure guide has now been turned into a separate online resource.

Who is the resource for?

This guide is for patients who have just received a diagnosis of heart failure. It will continue to be useful throughout the patient’s heart failure journey.

Heart failure consultants, heart failure specialist nurses, GPs, primary care nurses and community nurses may want to use the booklet during consultations with patients.

Family and friends who would like to better understand the condition could also find this guide useful, especially the section towards the end specifically aimed at carers.


Claire Shaw is the Content Manager for CVD Support at the BHF


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