My Action Plan For Heart Failure

Get off to a good start in managing heart failure and knowing what to expect.

So you have heart failure, and the type you have makes it hard for your heart to pump enough blood to the rest of your body (called heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, HFrEF or systolic heart failure). Now what? You probably feel scared and overwhelmed, and flooded with questions about your diagnosis. But you are not alone.

A team at the American College of Cardiology has created "I Have Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction. Now What?" to help you and your care team talk through and make informed decisions about the best first steps for managing your condition.

Similar to other chronic health conditions such as diabetes or asthma, heart failure requires ongoing monitoring and management. Treatment can help you feel better, live longer, and avoid hospital stays. That’s why it’s so important for you to take an active role in your care plan from the start.

How to Use This Action Plan

Use "I Have Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction. Now What?" to review and talk about:

- Your goals and what matters most
- Telltale signs that your heart failure is getting worse and when to call
- Medications and how to manage them
- How to make certain lifestyle changes
- Possible triggers
- What you might expect in terms of follow-up and your own emotional journey

Download the PDF

Also included throughout the action plan are practical tips for managing the disease and worksheets to help you.

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Published: September 2019

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