Questions for your doctor or nurse

As you begin to prepare an advance care plan, it’s important to have accurate, up-to-date information about your condition. The best person to provide you with this will be your doctor or nurse or any other medical staff who are involved in your care. So that you get to know what might be involved in your care, you may like to ask your doctor or nurse similar questions to those listed below:

  • Is my heart failure still well controlled with the medicines I am taking?
  • Is my heart failure getting worse?
  • What other options are available to me if my medicines stop having a satisfactory effect on my heart failure?
  • How can you help me when my heart failure gets worse? Or who should I turn to?

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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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