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Heart Failure Matters

Website for patients

With simple changes in lifestyle and appropriate treatment, many people live full and active lives. Heart Failure Matters helps them understanding better Heart Failure. is an educational website available in 10 languages, developed by cardiologists, nurses, primary care physicians and patients from the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

It highlights lifestyle adjustments that enable patients with Heart Failure to maintain their quality-of-life.
The website dedicated to people with heart failure, their families and care givers attracts over 2.5 million visitors per year.

Users also include doctors and nurses, who will find it helpful to provide practical information to patients.

This short video will give you a brief tour of the website.

Innovative and user-friendly

Comprehensive, practical information on living with Heart Failure, drugs, devices and diagnosis

Includes captivating animations, videos, patient stories, useful downloadable tools, frequently asked questions, polls and quizzes.

Anna, an animated guide, helps users navigate the site.

Come to our Facebook page and share your own views and experiences with other patients, families and caregivers.

We are grateful to our industry sponsors for their financial support of this website.

Visit Heart Failure Matters

Ten language versions

Developed by experts of the Heart Failure Association

A core group made up of cardiologists, nurses and patients has been implemented and is in charge of evolving the website, keeping it up to date and the content accurate.

  • Kenneth Dickstein (Norway), President of the Heart Failure Association (2002-2004).  
Core group members
  • Anna Stromberg (Sweden),
  • Brenda Moura (Portugal)
  • Frans Rutten (Netherlands)
  • Georgia Giannoulidou (Greece)
  • Hadi Skouri (Lebanon)
  • Jean-Noël Trochu (France)
  • Jillian Riley (United Kingdom)
  • Ramon Bover (Spain)
  • Julia Begrambekova (Russia)
  • Stefan Stoerk (Germany)
  • Tiny Jaarsma (Netherlands)
  • Nick Hartshorne-Evans (United Kingdom) – Patient representative

Papers on

Throughout the years, the core group has published a lot of data and recommendations in various journals of the European Society of Cardiology. Find below some references:

European Heart Journal         
  • Eur Heart J. 2017 Oct 7;38(38):2861-2862. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehx571. ""
    Dickstein K.
European Journal of Heart Failure
  • Eur J Heart Fail. 2017 Nov;19(11):1447-1454. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.917. Epub 2017 Sep 4.
    "'', an educational website for patients and carers from the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology: objectives, use and future directions"
    Wagenaar KP, Rutten FH, Klompstra L, Bhana Y, Sieverink F, Ruschitzka F, Seferovic PM, Lainscak M, Piepoli MF, Broekhuizen BDL, Strömberg A, Jaarsma T, Hoes AW, Dickstein K.

  • Eur J Heart Fail. 2015 Dec;17(12):1310-6. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.413. Epub 2015 Oct 1.
    "Effectiveness of an interactive platform, and the ESC/HFA website in patients with heart failure: design of the multicentre randomized e-Vita heart failure trial"
    Wagenaar KP, Broekhuizen BD, Dickstein K, Jaarsma T, Hoes AW, Rutten FH.

  • European Journal of Heart Failure (2011) 13, 115–126 doi:10.1093/eurjhf/hfq219
    "Self-care management of heart failure: practical recommendations from the Patient Care Committee of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology"
    Mitja Lainscak, Lynda Blue, Andrew L. Clark, Ulf Dahlstro M, Kenneth Dickstein, Inger Ekman, Theresa McDonagh, John J. McMurray, Mary Ryder, Simon Stewart, Anna Stromberg, and Tiny Jaarsma.
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nurses
  • Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2008 Mar;7(1):1. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2008.01.001.
    "Heart failure matters"
    Jaarsma T.