Un­der­stand­ing heart fail­ure

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The Heart Foun­da­tion is send­ing a clear mes­sage to Thames res­i­dents liv­ing with heart fail­ure – you are not alone.

The Foun­da­tion is host­ing a free in­for­mal session for peo­ple liv­ing with heart fail­ure on Oc­to­ber 3, from 5pm to 7pm at Thames Hospi­tal.

Car­di­ol­o­gist Raewyn Fisher and clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist in heart fail­ure Dr Si­mone Inkrot will be giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on un­der­stand­ing heart fail­ure, early recog­ni­tion and warn­ing signs, man­ag­ing heart fail­ure, med­i­cal treat­ment and what to do to keep well.

They will also be touch­ing on re­lated top­ics such as ex­er­cise, de­pres­sion, re­la­tion­ships and re­turn­ing to work.

At­ten­dees will then be wel­come to share their own ex­pe­ri­ences and ask ques­tions about their con­di­tion.

Inkrot said it was un­der­stand­able for peo­ple to feel fright­ened or con­fused af­ter be­ing told they have heart fail­ure.

‘‘Heart fail­ure is a com­mon but se­ri­ous and pos­si­bly pro­gres­sive con­di­tion that fre­quently has no cure,’’ she said.

‘‘How­ever, by un­der­stand­ing your con­di­tion, fol­low­ing your treat­ment plan as rec­om­mended by your doc­tor or nurse and mak­ing sim­ple life­style changes, you can live longer, feel bet­ter and do more.’’

Heart Foun­da­tion heart health ad­vo­cate Lisa Mitchell said liv­ing with heart fail­ure or re­cov­er­ing from a heart event could be lonely and chal­leng­ing for many peo­ple.

‘‘We want to reach out to bring peo­ple liv­ing with heart fail­ure and their fam­i­lies to­gether in a warm, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows them to meet, learn and share their ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ she said.

Fam­ily and wha¯nau were more than wel­come to come along and share with the group, as they were also af­fected by this con­di­tion, Mitchell said.

The in­for­ma­tion evening will take place at the Thames Hospi­tal con­fer­ence room, Bella St en­trance. Please regis­ter by con­tact­ing John Stir­ling, email: johns@heart­foun­da­tion.org.nz or phone: 07 852 5145.

Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Raewyn Fisher.

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