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Guidelines for Patients

What patients need to know

Based on ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines, these documents describe diagnosis and treatment recommendations based on medical and scientific evidence from healthcare professionals. They are intended to contribute to patients' understanding of their condition, to give them the knowledge and confidence to be involved in shared decision-making with their healthcare providers. It also provides suggestions on ways to take care of themselves, which is essential in the effective management of their disease.

Chronic and acute heart failure

HF patient guidelines cover image.JPGThis guide for patients aims to provide an overview of the latest evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. In particular, it should help patients to understand the:

  • main types of heart failure
  • medicines they may be offered
  • devices that might be considered appropriate
  • importance of being treated by a multidisciplinary team
  • importance of rehabilitation
  • importance of looking after themselves and managing their condition

 Download the guidelines

This document is not intended as a guide on how the heart works, nor can it be exhaustive. The topics included in this document have links that will direct the interested reader to the appropriate sections in the 2021 Guidelines.

People seeking more general information about heart failure should visit the Heart Failure Matters website.

Cardiovascular disease prevention

Cover-image-CVDPrevention.PNGComing soon! ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice: What Patients Need to Know.