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Once you have been diagnosed with heart failure, your doctor and nurse will explain what heart failure is and talk with you about the different options to help manage your condition. Heart failure is a serious condition. However, by following your doctor’s advice and making simple lifestyle changes, you can feel better and do more. Your doctor will also discuss which treatments are most suitable for you. You need to remember that it’s important for you to understand the different types of treatment. This way you will know what they are, how they will work to help your heart failure and what side effects they might have.

This section aims to help you to understand the different treatments and services that can help you to manage and improve your heart failure.

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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