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Living with heart failure

Senior Cardiac Nurse Christopher Allen looks at the challenges of living with heart failure, tips on managing it and how the BHF supports those who have the condition.

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Living with heart failure

Read more about living with heart failure including managing your medication, making changes in your life, taking it a little slower and getting support. You can also download our guide on living with heart failure.

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Living with heart failure

This booklet is for people with heart failure and their family and friends. It explains what heart failure is, what causes it, the symptoms, the possible treatments including medicines, and what can be done to help keep the condition under control. This booklet is also available to download in large print.

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Your guide to heart failure

Designed for adults of all ages who have heart failure, this practical guide will help you understand and manage your condition better.

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Watch: Living with an artificial heart

Jim Lynskey is the youngest person in the UK living with an left ventricular assist device, a mechanical heart pump that keeps him alive. Read about his experience and watch a video of Jim talking about his daily life.

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Letter to myself: What I've learned as a mother living with heart failure

In a letter to her younger self, Laura Donald reflects on the emotional and physical challenges she faced as a new mother diagnosed with heart failure.

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One step at a time - living with heart failure

A DVD featuring six inspirational stories from individuals with heart failure sharing their experience of learning about the condition and living a normal life. Health care professionals also answer some common questions.

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Around 600,000 in the UK living with faulty gene that could lead to heart failure

Around 1 per cent of the population carry a faulty gene which could trigger a dangerous heart condition in seemingly healthy people, if the heart is placed under abnormal stress, such as through pregnancy or alcoholism, according to research we helped to fund.

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Living with an inherited heart condition: a teenager's story

Becky Rosser, 14, tells us about living with Long QT syndrome and what it’s like to be brought up by her grandparents after losing her mum and dad.

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Living with congenital heart disease as an adult

Almost one in 100 babies in the UK are born with congenital heart disease, but what happens to them later in life? Our Senior Cardiac Nurse Emily McGrath hears Katie Miller’s experience of living with congenital heart disease as an adult.

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