Staying Well with Heart Failure - Booklet - Heart FoundationHeart failure is a complex clinical syndrome, with diagnosis based on typical symptoms, signs and supportive investigations. Investigations may include an electrocardiogram and chest x-ray, but echocardiography is the definitive test. Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide levels may also be useful in diagnosis among patients with breathlessness, particularly as a rule-out test. Mainstay therapy for heart failure comprises lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy and referral to a multidisciplinary heart failure program. Drug therapies focused on blockade of key activated neurohormonal systems are well established in systolic heart failure. These medications should be commenced at a low dose and slowly up-titrated to the maximal tolerated dose.
Living with Heart Failure Brochure
Back to Heart failure. If you have heart failure, it's important to look after your own health and wellbeing, with support from those involved in your care. You may also be given advice about dietary changes that can specifically help with heart failure, such as limiting the amount of fluid you drink. If you have heart failure, you should be offered an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. They're usually run in hospitals or community clinics by teams that include nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and exercise specialists.
ACC has developed materials to help you and your practice improve performance on select heart failure HF performance measures and engage patients in their HF management. And they're FREE! These practical and pilot tested tools can help you immediately improve quality care and outcomes for your patients. Use them as reference guides or at the point of care. Click the links below for more information about the Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure and the Focused Update:. If you have questions or comments about the material provided in these solutions, please contact Meredith Gainey at mgainey acc.
This booklet explains the causes and symptoms of heart failure. It includes content on risk factors, types of heart failure and how heart failure is diagnosed and classified, ejection fraction, as well as information on treating and managing symptoms, including lifestyle changes, medications, and surgical and non-surgical interventions. It reassures readers that medicine and lifestyle changes can help make a full, active life possible for those living with heart failure. Spanish : If you are interested in receiving a sample of this brochure, please complete our product order form. Requests are limited to residents of the United States and to no more than one packet and two brochures per household.