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If You Have Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction

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.

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

Tools to Manage HF

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  • Last Edited 09/30/2019