New film series launched to ease heart patients’ anxieties

24 October 2013        

Doctor does arm scan

We’ve launched a new series of online films and DVDs to help patients prepare for common tests and treatments on their heart including ECGs, echocardiograms and stent surgery.

The launch of the videos follows our latest survey findings that show half the nation (48%) has turned to Dr Google - the internet - for information about tests and treatments they’ve been referred for by their doctor. 

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Of those using the internet for this information, two in five (42%) said they were concerned about what the procedure involved and nearly a quarter said they didn’t feel their doctor had given them enough information.

The films have been designed to help ease patients’ fears by telling the real life stories of people going through the most common heart tests and procedures. Healthcare professionals also explain each stage of the procedure and answer frequently asked questions. 

By telling the real-life stories of heart patients, the films give clear accounts of what to expect in what may sound like daunting procedures.


Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Maureen Talbot, said: “Increasing numbers of patients are turning to search engines like Google for medical advice. While online information can be extremely useful, healthcare professionals need to make sure it’s seen as complementary to personalised medical advice rather than a substitute for it.

“Our new tests & treatments films have been designed to play this role. By telling the real-life stories of heart patients, the films give clear accounts of what to expect in what may sound like daunting procedures. We know this is the kind of information that is difficult to find elsewhere and is often enough to ease people's anxieties.”

Ian Keown, 57, who is featured in the films having an echocardiogram, said: “The word echocardiogram means very little to most people, so it’s not surprising you can feel a little anxious when you are referred for one. But in reality it’s very similar to how I imagine a pregnancy scan. I hope by telling my story through the BHF’s new films I can help put people’s minds at rest in the lead-up to their echocardiogram. Despite how it sounds, it really is nothing to worry about.” 

'The Road Ahead’ films show people going through procedures including ECG, angiogram, stent surgery, ablation, bypass surgery and many more.