eart failure (HF) sounds catastrophic, and
untreated it can be, but with treatment it
is a manageable condition.
That’s why Heart Insight magazine
recently completed an award-winning four-part series
to help heart failure patients and their loved ones. This
special topic supplement brings this series together in
one helpful publication:
PART ONE: A Big Heart Problem
HF is the name given to a condition in which the
heart muscle is weak and unable to pump enough
blood to meet the body’s needs for blood, oxygen
and nutrients. Learn about the causes, prognosis
and treatments and what the future holds.
PART TWO: The Unrelaxing Heart
HF failure can also occur when the heart muscle is
intact, but another condition is keeping the heart from
pumping efficiently. This condition, HF with intact
heart muscle, is also known as HF with preserved
ejection fraction, diastolic dysfunction or diastolic HF.
“It’s not how well the heart squeezes,” Yancy said,
“but how well it relaxes.”
Featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her
mom, Rita Owens.
PART THREE: Ins and Outs of
Hospitalization for Heart Failure
Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This
article looks at managing self-care to minimize just
how often re-hospitalizations happen as well as —
when hospitalization is required — how to make the
most out of that time with the healthcare team.
PART FOUR: Preparing for
Advanced Heart Failure
As the disease progresses and the heart becomes
weaker, treatment gets more complex. Advanced heart
failure can’t be cured, but it can be treated. Treatments
can reduce symptoms and help the heart pump as
best it can. At this stage, there are many decisions to
be made. Shared decision making between patients,
their loved ones and the healthcare team is critical.
to the Heart Insight Special Topic Supplement: HEART FAILURE
Along with this compiled Heart Insight series, you’ll
find other articles of interest to those living with HF.
We hope you find this supplement helpful and we
encourage you to sign up for Heart Insight magazine
to continue to receive great information about HF and
other cardiovascular conditions as well as tips and
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American Heart Association Tools and
Resources for Heart Failure
• My HF Guide: Our free interactive workbook
This self-care workbook is designed to support
your learning style.
• Self-Check Plan PDF in English or Spanish for help
with tracking your symptoms.
• HF and Your Ejection Fraction Explained PDF
• Partnering in Your Treatment: Questions to Ask
Your Doctor PDF