Heart Failure Patient Education:
Handouts for your Patients

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association has developed this series of Heart Failure patient education materials and handouts for nurses and other health care providers to use with patients.

Join as a member today to take advantage of member pricing.

PCNA8010CKDHFE CKD HF Screening Toolkit_V5_PL_Page_1

Kidney and Heart Health Screening Tool

Identify heart failure patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with this four-page screening tool. The questionnaire focuses on risk factors for CKD, educates patients on connections between kidney and heart health, and helps patients develop an action plan.

This tool can be used in either clinical or outreach settings.


Funded through an educational grant from: Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer, and AstraZeneca.

Heart Failure Digital Go To Guide-min

Interactive Tool: Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure

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.

Reviewed December 2021

Available in English & Spanish

Free to access (login required)

Funded through an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Heart Failure 11x17 What you need to know ENGLISH

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.


$0 members/$25 non-members
25 folded sheets per order


$0 members/$25 non-members
25 folded sheets per order

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

Funded through an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Heart Failure Cover-min

Fact Sheets: Enjoying Life While Managing Heart Failure

Give your patients with heart failure the critical information they need at discharge from the hospital with these patient education handouts. Try this modular approach to educating patients on the “need-to-knows” in a format that can be provided in stages and supplemented with take-home fact sheets.

Understanding the Diagnosis

Patients will learn the causes of heart failure, how to manage it, and how to tell if a change in treatment is needed.

The Journey

Help patients understand heart failure medicines, procedures, and devices like implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.

Your Emotions

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.

Get Walking

Patients will learn how to exercise safely and effectively to get the most from their workouts.

The Sodium in Your Food

Patients learn which foods contain the highest levels of sodium, how to reduce sodium intake, and which seasonings can be substituted for salt.

Heart Failure Patient Log

Encourage patients to document questions and concerns, record symptoms, and track weight to share at each clinic visit.


$0 members/$25 non-members
5 pages of 50 sheets per order


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

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.