Some cancer treatments may harm the heart and circulation. This document provides an overview of the latest recommendations on how these side effects can be prevented, diagnosed and treated. It should help patients to understand the importance of:
- Being treated by a multidisciplinary cardio-oncology team, which means having a
team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in your care
- Looking after your heart health, during and after cancer treatment
- Paying particular attention to your heart health if you have previously had a heart attack, a stroke, an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
- Making appropriate healthy lifestyle choices
This document is not intended as a guide on how the heart works, nor can it be exhaustive. If you want to know more about any of the topics in this document, there are links to the appropriate sections in the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines on Cardio-oncology.
Chronic and acute heart failure
This 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
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
This guide for patients aims to provide you with an overview of the latest evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. In particular, it should help you to understand:
- how cardiovascular disease risk is assessed
- the importance of lifestyle modifications for prevention of cardiovascular disease
- treatments and treatment goals that may be considered appropriate based on your risk profile
This document is not intended as a guide on how the heart works, nor can it be exhaustive.
People seeking more general information about cardiovascular disease prevention should visit the Healthy Heart website.
The European Lung Foundation (ELF) has developed a patient version of the joint European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) clinical guidelines for pulmonary hypertension (PH). This document summarises the key points from the clinical guidelines and explains what PH is and recommendations to diagnose and treat it. The document can be found on the ELF website.