Depending on how far your condition has progressed by the time you're diagnosed, and how soon you start receiving care, treatment and making any necessary lifestyle changes, you may be able to delay the progression of your heart failure.
Cardiology consultant nurse, Julie Holroyd, as she talks you through what you can expect to experience after being diagnosed with heart failure.
Sunil, Sandra, Bob and Ruth have all had a heart failure diagnosis. Read each of their stories to find out the impact heart failure has had on their lives and discover what they have been doing to fight the condition.
Sunil lived with heart failure for over six years. Watch his documentary or read his story to learn about his experiences and the impact heart failure had on his and his family's lives.Sunil's Story
In 2009, Bob from Leeds was diagnosed with heart failure. He was participating in a Crown Green Bowling match as Captain of his local team when he began to feel faint and experienced an arrhythmic episode. Following a visit to his GP, he attended a consultation with his local cardiologist. Living with heart failure has become a continuance of the cardiovascular challenges Bob has lived with for almost his entire life. Read more of Bob’s story now.Bob's Story
During April 2016, Ruth was 28 weeks pregnant and seemingly feeling the 'normal' effects of pregnancy with feelings of sickness, exhaustion and breathlessness, in addition to a constant cough and trouble sleeping. Symptoms were put down to potential pregnancy anaemia and general working life. Read Ruth's story to discover her diagnosis of heart failure and the impact on her life.Ruth's Story
For many people, being a carer or supporting someone with heart failure can be difficult and overwhelming, particularly to begin with, but many carers say that it can also be extremely rewarding.
The help that a person needs can vary greatly, depending on the severity of heart failure they are experiencing and their personal circumstances. One of your roles might involve providing emotional support and helping them to maintain a positive outlook. Other ways you may be able to help include understanding and keeping an eye out for any changes in their symptoms, joining them at their medical appointments (if they would like you to), and encouraging them to play an active role in managing their heart failure and care.