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A combination of medical treatments, adjusting your lifestyle and self-management are the keys to effectively managing your heart failure and trying to live with your heart failure. Therefore, it’s important that you follow the advice from your doctor or heart failure nurse. You should also do all you can to adapt your lifestyle to reduce your symptoms and prevent progression of your heart failure. Having a positive relationship with your doctor or nurse can help you access other services and help for you to manage your heart failure

In this section we provide details of how you can help manage your heart failure. Even simple things, like taking a short walk every day, watching how much salt you have in your diet and weighing yourself regularly, can make a big difference to your symptoms, general well-being and importantly how your doctor or nurse manages your condition with your help. Knowing any changes in your normal symptoms is a really important conversation you can have with your doctor during your appointment.

Click on any of the links to the left to learn more about ways you can manage your heart failure.

You may also want to visit the Warning signs section to learn how to recognise if your symptoms are getting worse.

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.


Click to print these tools to help you monitor your heart failure


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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