Understanding heart failure
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: email@example.com or phone: 07 852 5145.
Cardiologist Dr Raewyn Fisher.