Growing concern about the burden of heart failure on our society has led the Heart Failure Association to invest in the means to increase awarenes of the disease and spread information on prevention and management.
Heart Failure Awareness Days are held annually at the beginning of May.
Designed to raise awareness about the importance of recognising Heart Failure, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment, these days are devoted to open house clinics, televised debates, newspaper articles, press conferences, childrens' art competitions, bicycling and walkingevents in over 25 countries.
Designed by cardiologists, Heart Failure nurses and general practitioners, www.heartfailurematters.org is a website for patients, their families and carers.
Sections on Understanding Heart Failure, What can your doctor do, What you can do, Living with Heart Failure, Warning signs and one for caregivers are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.
The Swedish version will be launched by 2018.
There is clear evidence that the prevalence of heart failure will rise substantially over the next 20-30 years thus increasing the economic burden of prevention and treatment on society.
The HFA is working to identify gaps in the education of Heart Failure in different regions of the world and in the different countries. To this end, a White paper has been written and a Call for Action drawn up and signed by National heart Faiure working groups.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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