Heart Failure Educational Materials for Patients and Families
Main Resources About Heart Failure
When you begin to learn more about living with heart failure, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of resources you find. Our cardiac team recommends starting with the following resources.
Living with Heart Failure: Guide for Patients and Families
Englewood Health’s patient guide is an important resource for you and your family throughout your recovery. By learning to take good care of yourself, it is possible to lead an active life with heart failure. This book is designed to help you learn to live with heart failure.
The American Heart Association’s website offers an overview of heart failure, including:
- Causes and risks
- Warning signs of heart failure
- Diagnosing heart failure
- Treatment options
- Living with heart failure and managing advanced heart failure
- Tools and resources
- Heart failure personal stories
Heart Failure Warning Signs and Symptoms
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, has several symptoms including shortness of breath, fluid buildup (edema) and fatigue. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it’s important for you to manage and keep track of symptoms and report any sudden changes to your healthcare team. This video was produced by the American Heart Association.
Ejection Fraction Measurement and Heart Failure
Ejection fraction (EF) shows how well your heart is pumping out blood.
Support Groups and Programs
The information below is accurate and current to the best of our knowledge, but please verify any details directly with the organization listed.
Mended Hearts is a national organization with hundreds of chapters and groups. The organization supports heart patients and their families by creating an inclusive and compassionate community through meaningful connections so no one feels alone. The most common activity of chapters and groups is support group meetings, either in-person (where possible), online, or a hybrid. These meetings allow patients and families to share experiences, successes, concerns and ask questions from others who have “been there.” For more information, visit the Mended Hearts website.
American Heart Association’s Support Network
The Support Network is an online community for those affected by heart and stroke conditions. Here, thousands of patients, survivors and caregivers are connecting to each other, sharing their stories and practical advice, and providing support in a way no one else can. For more information, visit the Support Network website.