Heart Failure Awareness Week and Virtual Patient and Caregiver Day Are Coming!

Talking With Your Patients About HF: A Clinician’s Guide

This digital guide was designed to help providers have conversations with their patients about their diagnosis. It explores the role of patient education; tracking and reporting symptoms; lifestyle; and medications. It also sheds light on overcoming barriers a patient may face when attempting to make healthy changes. 

The Clinician's Guide: Talking With Your Patients About Heart Failure was developed to help providers have conversations with their patients about a heart failure diagnosis. It offers easy and quick access to prevention management tools, promotes the HF guidelines with simple and clear messages and helps to raise awareness on heart failure risk management.

This guide includes an overview of the numbers and stats that all patients should know such as how to monitor their symptoms and how to keep their fluid intake to a minimum; as well as checklists of discussion points for Tracking and Reporting Symptoms, Lifestyle, Medications. 

The overcoming barriers to change section of the Clinician's Guide: Taking With Your Patients About Heart Failure will help to reduce health disparities by shedding light on barriers that patients may face when attempting to make healthy changes. The tools and follow-up interventions are linguistically and culturally tailored and are available to persons with disabilities and other underserved populations.

HFSA gratefully acknowledges Amgen and AstraZeneca for their sponsorship of the Heart Failure Risk Assessment Tool Kit.

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Also available is a guide for patients on the basics of heart failure: Heart Failure – The Basics: A Patient’s Guide?