Heart failure Q&A with Nick Hartshorne-Evans
Heart Failure Despite medical progress, heart failure poses major challenges to patients, but there is help out there, says Nick Hartshorne-Evans, CEO of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation.
What does heart failure mean?
That the heart doesn’t pump enough blood around the body because the heart muscle is damaged.
What symptoms should people look out for?
Breathlessness, fatigue and ankle swelling, but other symptoms may also be present.
What’s the impact of the diagnosis on patients?
There is a sense of shock – that life won’t be the same again. The psychological toll can be devastating.
How does the condition affect quality of life?
Normal activities of daily living, like walking or climbing stairs, become very difficult.
What key initiatives is your Foundation undertaking to help those affected?
Supporting and advocating for patients and their families and carers. Also, improving access to the latest treatments and increasing awareness.