Adjusting your diet

Although you may consider your current diet to be fairly healthy, you may be required to reduce key elements of it, such as excessive salt, fat and alcohol. You may be referred to a dietician who will work with you to develop a personalised diet to improve the way you feel and help control your heart failure.Click on any of the links below to learn more about how you can improve your diet:Click on any of the links below to learn more about how you can improve your diet:

Click on any of the links below to learn more about how you can improve your diet:

Please note: these links will take you to the What can you do? section and so you will need to navigate back to here once you have finished viewing this information.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Fats and cholesterol
Diabetic diet
Links to recipes

The European Cook Book is a unique collection of mouth-watering and culturally diverse recipes provided by ESC National and Affiliated Societies.

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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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