Alcohol/drug abuse

Drinking an excess of alcohol or taking recreational drugs may have a toxic effect on the heart, increasing the risk of developing heart failure.

Patients with heart failure will frequently have to make lifestyle adjustments and comply with long-term medical treatment. Patient motivation and self-care skills are essential for the success of any treatment plan. Abuse of either alcohol or recreational drugs may make it difficult for patients to actively engage in their own care.

It is important that patients discuss their alcohol or drug dependency openly with their primary care physician or a nurse. Health care professionals will have experience treating patients with alcohol or drug problems and will be able to discuss various options for helping patients and their families to deal with their problem.

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AN ANIMATED JOURNEY THROUGH HEART FAILURE

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.

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PATIENT AND CAREGIVERS VIDEOS

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