Your emotions

Heart failure not only causes physical symptoms that have an impact on your well-being, it can also cause feelings and emotions such as anxiety, anger, sadness and depression.

By recognising that these emotions are a normal part of adjusting to your condition, you can take positive steps that can help you feel better. In fact, learning how to manage feelings is an important aspect of managing your heart failure, along with the use of effective medicines and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

This section looks at the range of emotions you may experience because of your heart failure and how you can best deal with them.

Click on the links below to learn more.

Talking to your family/carer about how you feel
Dealing with your emotions

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

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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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