Living with heart failure

In the UK there is over 900,000 people that are living with heart disease. If you have recently been diagnosed with heart disease you, and your family, may be feeling very unsettled. You may be wondering how this will affect your life and what your future will look like. A Big part of living with heart failure is learning how to take your medication and manage your symptoms in the best possible way.

If you have been diagnosed with heart failure it is likely that you will have been given a long list of different medications to help control your condition. It is important that you talk through each medication with your health care team so that you know what they are for and how they help to control your symptoms. Tip: if you struggle with remembering to take medication order a pill box so that you can stay on top of it each day!

Heart failure can mean that you have to change serious aspects of your life; your job or social activities. This can be difficult at first, however you should adjust soon after. Tip: try to make realist goals to help you achieve certain things. If possible, speak to other people that live with heart failure to find out how they live with their condition.

Although it might be difficult you should try to remain active; even just a small amount of exercise each day is great. Set yourself goals that you will be able to reach over time. Tip: don’t overdo it, it is better to do little and often rather than tiring yourself out with one big activity.

Never be afraid to talk to someone! It is always a good idea to have a support system around you that you can rely on for emotional and practical support; this can be friends, family or your medical team.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.