People with heart failure don’t just need to cope with the physical limitations of heart failure, but also with emotional issues that can impact their life as well as those closest to them.

Learning that you have a serious condition like heart failure may initially provoke feelings of anxiety, anger or depression, and these feelings may be shared, to a greater or lesser extent, by your spouse or partner, family members and close friends. These feelings should fade as you begin to accept the diagnosis, take charge of your health and make positive lifestyle changes. However, your relationships may have to change to accommodate these changes.

This section looks at changes that may happen in your relationships following a diagnosis of heart failure, how best to manage these changes and how to talk about your condition with those closest to you.

Click on the links below to learn more.

Talking to your family about your heart failure
Sex and heart failure