Authors and Content

The website has been developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology  (HFA of the ESC).

The content of this website is original and is based on recommendations in accordance with the European Society of Cardiology Practice Guidelines. The ESC Patient Forum contributed to the content.

Heart Failure Matters Committee – Mandate: 2022-2024

Chairmen: Prof. Kenneth Dickstein (NO)
Prof. Ewa Anita Jankowska (PL)
Prof. Stefan Stoerk (DE)

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Loreena Hill (UK)
  • Prof. Marta Izabela Kaluzna-Oleksy (PL)
  • Prof. Ekaterini Lambrinou
  • Dr. Alejandro Recio Mayoral (ES)
  • Prof. Frans Hendrik Rutten (NL)
  • Mrs Maggie Simpson (UK)
  • Prof. Anna Stromberg (SE)
  • Professor Mucio Tavares de Oliveira Junior (BR)

The Heart Failure Association would like to acknowledge the following colleagues for their contributions and assistance in updating the content of

  • Prof. Tiny Jaarsma (SE)
  • Julia Begrambekova (RU)
  • Dr. Brenda Moura (PT)
  • Dr. Hadi Skouri (LB)
  • Prof. Jelena Celuktiene (LT)
  • Prof. Martin Cowie (UK)
  • Prof. Rudolf De Boer (NL)
  • Prof. Wolfram Doehner (DE)
  • Prof. Stephane Heymans (NL)
  • Prof. Ewa Jankowska (PL)
  • Prof. Mitja Lainscak (SL)
  • Prof. Wilfried Mullens (BE)
  • Prof. Piotr Ponikowski (PL)
  • Prof. Giuseppe Rosano (UK)
  • Prof. Jean-Noel Trochu (FR)
  • Prof. Faiez Zannad (FR)


ESC Guidelines for Heart Failure

What patients need to know

This guide for patients from the European Society of Cardiology aims to provide an overview of the latest evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

In particular, it should help patients to understand the:

  • main types of heart failure
  • medicines used to treat heart failure
  • devices that may be appropriate
  • importance of rehabilitation
  • management by a multidisciplinary team
  • importance of self-care in managing your own condition

Learn more


A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.


In this section you can watch, listen or read interviews with other people with heart failure and their caregivers.


and share your own views and experiences with other patients, families and caregivers. is a European Society of Cardiology website

The website was developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The ESC is a world leader in the discovery and dissemination of best practices in cardiovascular medicine. Our members and decision-makers are healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to represent professionals in the field of cardiology in Europe and beyond.

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