Living Well with Heart Failure
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with heart failure, you may be wondering what this means for you and your family. You are not alone as more than 90,000 Canadians are diagnosed with heart failure each year.
These short 2-minute videos will tell you what you need to know about living well with heart failure. You will learn about common heart failure symptoms, medications that will help you live longer and better, how your health care team can help, and other self-management strategies.
Download the CHFS Patient Diary below to keep track of your symptoms and medications, and share it with your health care team at your next appointment.
Visit the CHFS YouTube channel for videos available in French, Mandarin and Punjabi.
This initiative was made possible through funding from Novartis Canada.
CHFS Patient Diary
The CHFS has collaborated with patients to develop a Patient Diary to accompany you on your journey. We encourage you to download the document and complete it daily. Daily diary use is a proven method to keep track of your symptoms and recognize early signs of decompensation. We encourage you to bring the completed diary to follow up visits with your Health Care Providers.
Click below to download the Patient Diary.
Amyloid Patient Questionnaires
The following questionnaires are provided to patients as an amyloidosis screening tool. The questionnaires were developed by the Amyloidosis Program of Calgary and are endorsed by the CHFS.
Tool for Heart Failure Management
The following tool is available for patients to better screen for persistent symptoms either before or after a heart failure clinic visit.
Patient Education and Support Resources
- HeartLife Foundation
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR)
- Heart Failure Matters
- Société québécoise d'insuffisance cardiaque
- UHN Ted Roger Heart Failure Patient Education Site
- Cardiac Services British Columbia
- Alberta Health Services
- Heart Failure Society of America
Heart Failure Medications: A Patient & Caregiver Guide
The CCS partnered with renowned cardiovascular specialists and patient organizations including the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, the CHFS, The Heart Hub, and Heart Life Foundation to launch a first-of-its-kind patient guide about heart failure (HF) medications.
This novel patient guide was developed with and for people who live with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), emphasizing the important role of HF medications to extend and improve the quality of patients’ lives. It was developed using information from the 2021 CCS/CHFS HF Guidelines. The site includes a suite of tools, videos and infographics to help people learn more about medications and their care, and support conversations with their healthcare team.
Visit ourhearthub.ca/heart-failure-medications-guide/ to learn more and see Heart Failure Medications: A Patient & Caregiver Guide in action.