Mission Statement and Terms of Use

Mission of this site:

  • To contribute to improvements in the quality of life and health of patients with heart failure
  • To help patients, their families and carers have a better understanding of the condition of heart failure

All the recommendations in this site are in accordance with European Guidelines (see the European Society of Cardiology Practice Guidelines on Heart Failure here)

1.Terms of Use

The heartfailurematters.org website was developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (HFA of the ESC). The Heart Failure Association of the ESC is a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Access to and use of this website is provided by the ESC subject to the following terms of use:

1. Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of these Terms of Use as at the date of your first use of the site.

2. The ESC reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of this website after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified.

3. You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes and in a manner which does not infringe the rights or restrict, or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the site by any third party.

2. Disclaimer

1. In no event will the ESC be liable to the user or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information contained in or provided through the use of this website, nor for any incidental, indirect, special or consequential damages.

2. The information contained on this website is intended to supplement the support and care provided by qualified medical professionals. This website is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or medical care. The advice of a medical professional should always be sought before starting (or discontinuing) any form of medical treatment. To this end, all information contained within the website is provided for solely educational purposes.

3. Whilst the ESC has taken every precaution in compiling this website it cannot inspect all information to determine the truthfulness, accuracy, reliability, completeness or relevancy thereof. In no event will the ESC be liable for any damages including, without limitation, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages or loss of profits whatsoever arising from the use or in connection with such use or loss of use of the site, whether in contract or in negligence.

4. Under no circumstances will the ESC or any affiliated staff or website contributors, be liable to you, as a website visitor or any other person or body, for any decision taken or acted upon as a result of reliance on the information contained within the website. You agree that neither the ESC or any affiliated staff or website contributors, will be responsible for any damage (including without imitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages), or loss of data or loss of profit, even if the HFA of the ESC or any affiliated staff or website contributors, has been advised of the possibility of such a loss.

5. The ESC does not warrant that the technical functions contained in the material contained in this website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs or represents the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials.

3. Copyright restrictions

1. The heartfailurematters.org website is owned by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Commercial use or publication of all or any item displayed is strictly prohibited without prior written authorisation from the ESC.

Documents on this website may be copied for personal, non-commercial use only on the condition that copyright and source indications are also copied, no modifications are made and the document is copied entirely. However, some documents and photos have been published on this website with the permission of the relevant copyright owners (who are not the ESC). All rights are reserved on these documents and permission to copy them must be requested from the copyright owners (the sources are indicated within these documents/photographs).

2. Any unapproved use may result in actions being taken by the ESC to require removal of material concerned from display/distribution and possible legal action.

3. The website contains links to websites operated by parties other than the ESC. Such links are provided for the User’s convenience only. The ESC does not control such websites, and is not responsible for their content. The ESC’s inclusion of links to such websites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such websites or any association with their operators. The User is solely responsible for evaluating the accuracy and completeness of any information contained on the third party websites, and also the value and integrity of any goods and services offered by such websites.

If these Terms of Use are not accepted in full, the use of this site must be terminated immediately.

This webpage was last updated on 22 June 2009.

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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.

heartfailurematters.org is a European Society of Cardiology website

The heartfailurematters.org 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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