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Rotherham residents with heart failure become experts on their condition

05 May 2011 14:17:22


More than 3,000 people in Rotherham are currently living with heart failure conditions and this number is expected to increase dramatically in the future. As part of Heart Failure Awareness Day on 6th May 2011, people with the condition in Rotherham are being urged to take part in a new Heart Education and Learning Programme (HELP) course.

The ‘HELP’ course is a one day community based course to help educate patients about heart failure and promote awareness and self-management. Heart Failure Specialist Nurse, Sarah Briggs says: “Heart failure is very common. It is caused by damage to the heart muscle which reduces the hearts ability to pump blood around the body and this can cause symptoms of breathlessness and swelling of the ankles.

“The number of patients with heart failure in the UK is increasing at an exceptional rate. As a result, not every patient with a heart problem will be seen by a Heart Failure Specialist Nurse or Cardiologist and therefore may not receive standard information about their condition and advice about its management. They also may not be aware of some of the services available in Rotherham, such as advice about exercise and support groups.”

The ‘HELP’ course is interactive, collaborative and patient centred. All patients will be given an individualised management plan at the end of the course.

Sarah continues: “Heart failure causes poor quality of life and anxiety, so it is vital to educate people who have been diagnosed with heart failure to help them manage their condition and build their confidence.”

The ‘HELP’ programme will be launched at a special event attended by John Healey, Shadow Health Secretary and the Mayor of Rotherham in the hospital’s Community Corner area of the main entrance on the 6th May 2011.

For more information about the ‘HELP’ course please contact Heart Failure Specialist Nurse, Sarah Briggs on: 01709 423257.