Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your specialist heart failure team, which is called a multidisciplinary team or MDT, will work with your primary care team (e.g. your GP), and should include:1
with training in heart failure (usually a consultant cardiologist)
A specialist heart failure nurse
A healthcare professional
with expertise in prescribing treatments for heart failure, e.g. a pharmacist
If the specialist team needs to involve other people in your care, they will let you know who you’ll see and why.
Even if the primary care team (for example your GP and Practice Nurse) looks after your routine management, there are certain situations where the specialist MDT is still best placed to provide care. Examples include optimising treatment, initiating therapies that require specialist supervision and referral to other services such as cardiac rehabilitation. Therefore, it is important that you have access to a specialist MDT, if necessary.1
Your team should also make sure your condition is regularly monitored. The frequency of monitoring will depend on how stable your condition is but should be at least every 6 months.1 This may sometimes be done as part of a long-term conditions review if you have any other chronic conditions.
Your specialist team creates your care plan. A care plan includes:
You should seek medical support if you’ve noticed any deterioration
or change in your symptoms.
Sunil, Sandra, Bob and Ruth all received heart failure diagnoses. Read each of their stories to find out the impact heart failure has had on their lives and discover what they’re 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