Heart failure clinics and management programmes

What is a heart failure clinic/management programme?

You may live near a heart failure clinic that can work with you to improve your quality of life by helping you manage your symptoms of heart failure. Staff at the heart failure clinic will help put together your own personalised heart failure management programme that will encourage you to be an active partner in your care to improve your symptoms. These programmes usually represent a cooperation between nurses and physicians and involve other specialties as required. Patients in some areas may be offered regular follow-up and monitoring either face-to-face, over the telephone or via telemonitoring.

How will attending a heart failure clinic help you?

The heart failure clinic will help educate you on your condition and improvements that you can gain through self-management around diet, exercise and medication. The clinic will also allow you to receive more convenient follow-up care (e.g., by telephone-monitoring, by heart failure nurse, or other means) and it may encourage you to set and meet small goals in changing your lifestyle. These programmes may also provide the contact details of a person that would be available to discuss what you should do if your symptoms get worse. You may also learn about any clinical trials for new therapies, and perhaps take part in them.

Talk to your GP who will be able to give you information on your nearest heart failure clinic and whether it’s appropriate for you.

For more information on services available in your country, click on one of the links below:

National Heart Failure organisations

Patient organisations:

In English:

In Spanish:Asociación de Enfermedades

In Italian:

In French:


In German:

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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