Heart Failure: Educating Your Patients

Heart Failure Patient Tools

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has developed these Heart Failure tools and handouts for nurses and other health care providers to use with patients.

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Heart Failure Interactive Tool

These NEW digital guides may be used in the clinical setting or at home. The focus is on what patients need to know after a diagnosis of heart failure. Topics include managing symptoms, when to call 911 or the clinic, resources, medicines, and everyday living—including mood and activity.

Heart Failure Interactive Tool

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Heart Failure: What You Need to Know

The following tools are also NEW—they are a folded 11x17 sheet, intended to be used in the transition from hospital to home. It can be used either on its own, or as a cover for one or more of PCNA’s other printed heart failure sheets.

Heart Failure  What you need to know

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Patient Handout: Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure

We recognize that patients with heart failure (and their family caregivers) may be overwhelmed with information as they are discharged from the hospital. We developed a modular approach to educating patients on the “need-to-knows” in a format that can be provided in stages and supplemented with these helpful, plain-language fact sheets to take home for reference. 

These five sheets are available for hard copy or download order. The details about each sheet are below.

Heart Failure patient handout Diagnosis

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You are welcome to customize these sheets with your own health system logo or practice name in the bottom right corner on the back page. (If you are unable to do this with your Adobe software, please write to us at info@pcna.net and we can help.)

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any printed materials.

Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure: Your Emotions

Managing Heart Failure: Your Emotions
The Heart Failure and Your Emotions fact sheet gives patients the information they need to better manage their heart failure-related emotions. The goal is to give patients a better understanding of what to expect when living with heart failure, as well as tips and suggestions for when to consult their healthcare provider. Patients can also gain knowledge on how to manage stress levels and maintain heart health.


Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure: Understanding the Diagnosis

Managing Heart Failure: the Diagnosis
For patients who may not yet understand the reasons for heart failure, the Understanding the Diagnosis fact sheet provides plenty of information to help patients understand heart failure. Patients will learn causes of heart failure, how to manage it, and how to tell if a change in treatment is needed.


Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure: The Journey

Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure
Knowing what to expect during and after treatment can be overwhelming. The Journey of Heart Failure fact sheet helps to familiarize patients with heart failure medicines, procedures, and devices like implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.


Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure: Get Walking

Managing Heart Failure: Exercise
For patients living with heart failure, getting the exercise they need is an important part of treatment. The Heart Failure Get Walking fact sheet gives the patient exercise tips to optimize their workouts safely. Patients will find information regarding the benefits of regular physical activity, exercise and safety facts, and charts for them to document their daily exercises and how they felt during and after the exercise.


Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure: The Sodium in Your Food

Managing Heart Failure: Sodium in Your Food
With this informative fact sheet, patients will quickly learn and understand the importance of moderating the sodium in their diet. The Sodium in Your Food sheet tells patients which foods contain the highest levels of sodium, how they can reduce their sodium intake, and which seasonings they can use as substitutes for salt. Patients will also learn the importance of reading nutrition facts in order to take more effective action on monitoring their sodium intake.


Heart Failure Patient Log

Heart Failure Patient Log
The Heart Failure Patient Log is a tool for patients to use to document questions or concerns they have about their symptoms and health status and includes a chart for patients to record symptoms. Patients are encouraged to complete this chart, tracking such as weight, actions, appointments, and even symptoms they have experienced during each day. Print a supply of these to provide a new sheet for your patients each month.

Disclaimer: This and other PCNA educational materials are for information purposes only and are not intended to replace medical advice or diagnose or treat health problems. Health-related decisions should be made in partnership with a healthcare provider. It is the reader's responsibility to seek out the most current, accurate information.