Heart function service - Information and support

Heart failure

NHS Choices: Heart failure

NHS CHoices heart failureIncluding symptoms, medication and treatments, advice for living with a condition and information about current clinical trials.

NHS Choices > Heart failure (www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Heart-failure/Pages/Introduction.aspx)

NHS Choices: What's your heart age?

NHS Choices - check heart ageHow healthy is your heart?

Use this tool to find out if your heart age is higher or lower than your actual age.

NHS Choices > What's your heart age? (www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/check-your-heart-age-tool.aspx)

About heart failure

BHF logoAn excellent resource for any cardiovascular condition.
Including symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatments for heart failure and links to all cardiovascular conditions.

Understandable information in many formats.

British Heart Foundation - About heart failure (https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/mending-broken-hearts/about-heart-failure)

Patient experience videos

British Heart Foundation - YouTubeThe British Heart Foundation has published a number of useful videos highlighting patient experiences of heart failure:

Heart Failure Matters

Heart failure mattersA website with practical information for patients, families and carers, including animations of how the normal heart works vs heart failure - very useful for visual learners.

heartfailurematters.org

Cardiomyopathy UK

Cardiomyopathy UK logoInformation and support for people of all ages with disease of the heart muscle including:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

Supporting individuals and families.

Cardiomyopathy UK (www.cardiomyopathy.org)

Pumping Marvellous UK

Pumping Marvellous logoInformation and support for all ages of people with heart failure provided by people with heart failure.

It's east to access and to understand. 

Pumping Marvellous UK (http://pumpingmarvellous.org/)

 

Atrial fibrillation/arrhythmias

Arrhythmia Alliance

A Alliance'The Heart Rhythm Charity'.

A coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals working together to improve diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for those affected by arrhythmias.

Arrhythmia Alliance (The Heart Rhythm Charity) (www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk)

AF Association

AF AssociationThe leading organisation working to provide information, support and access to established, new or innovative treatments for Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

A F Association (www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk)

Afib Matters

Afib Matters logoClear and reliable information and practical advice to people with atrial fibrillation, and their families and caregivers.

Afib Matters (http://www.afibmatters.org/)

Reality of Afib app

Reality of Afib appThe "Reality of AFib" application is a real-time 3D medical education and patient communication tool, allowing the user to view a realistic and anatomically accurate 3D model of a heart from the exterior, and cross-sectional views.

The application also shows the heart beating in normal sinus rhythm and atrial fibrillation.

Reality of Afib app (www.realityofafib.com)

Know Your Pulse (app)

Know your pulse appA heartbeat that is persistently fast, slow or irregular could be a sign of an electrical problem with the heart.

Be aware of your heartbeat and use this simple app today to 'Know Your Pulse'.

Arrhythmia Alliance > Know your pulse (www.heartrhythmcharity.org.uk/
www/259/0/Know_Your_Pulse/)

Know Your Pulse (video)

Know your pulse videoA useful video explaining why and how to pay attention to your pulse.

Know your pulse (video) (https://youtu.be/ZvkIMdF7M20)

Other advice and support

NHS Smokefree

NHS Smokefree logoWe strongly recommend patients stop smoking to improve health, symptoms and quality of life - with support you are more than four times more likely to succeed.

Seqol offer local support although, support comes in a variety of formats.

NHS Smokefree (www.nhs.uk/smokefree)

Lift Psychology

Lift logoLift Psychology can help support you with low mood, anxiety and depression and run local self referral courses and programs for people in Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas.  

Lift Psychology (www.seqol.org/me-and-my-family/lift-psychology)

British Red Cross: Support at home

British Red CrossThe British Red Cross provide access to resources aimed at supporting people to live independently, through its offices in Swindon and the surrounding area.

The Red Cross can also provide extra help to patients at home after a short stay in hospital.

Volunteers provide practical and emotional support - smoothing the process of settling back into a normal routine, to enable people to regain their confidence and independence.

British Red Cross > Support at home (www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Health-and-social-care/Independent-living/Support-at-home)

Age UK Wiltshire

Age UK WiltshireThe Wiltshire branch of the UK's major charity for older people offers a very wide range of support and advice.

Age UK Wiltshire (www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire)

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council logoThe Benefits and support and Adult social care and support sections of the Council website provides full details of the services it provides to the residents of the Borough of Swindon.

Swindon Borough Council > Benefits and support

(www.swindon.gov.uk/info/
20013/benefits_and_support)

Swindon Borough Council > Adult social care and support (www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20011/
adult_social_care_and_support)

Help with health costs

NHS logo 200Help and advise is available with financial matters in relation to healthcare - please see:

Disabled (Blue Badge) parking permit

Disabled parkingFor information about whether you might qualify for a disabled parking permit, and to make an application.

Swindon Borough Council > Apply for a disabled
(Blue Badge) parking permit
(http://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20031/
roads_parking_and_transport/319/apply_for_a_
disabled_blue_badge_parking_permit)

Attendance Allowance

Attendance AllowanceFor information, eligibility and information on how to claim for the Attendance allowance.

Government website > Attendance allowance (https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/overview)

Patient transport

Please see Non-emergency patient transport.

Pacemakers and ICDs

Please see ICD Support Group - Information and support.

Palliative support/living well until the end

Prospect Hospice

Prospect logo 200Prospect Hospice supports a community of 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire, and the villages of Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Prospect offers a range of services developed to bring care, comfort and confidence at life's most difficult time.

Prospect Hospice (www.prospect-hospice.net)

Dorothy House Hospice Care

Dorothy House Hospice CareCompassionate care and support for people with a life-limiting illness.

Services provided for patients and their families in Bath and north east Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset, whenever they need it; at home, in the hospice, or at one of our outreach centres.

Dorothy House Hospice Care (www.dorothyhouse.org.uk)

Dying Matters

Dying MattersIf you're thinking about what will happen towards to the end of life, then it may be a good time to discuss your wishes with important people in your life and make some plans.

Advanced care planning can help with this, and guide you and your family through this process.

The important thing is your wishes are communicated to the people who matter.

Dying Matters (www.dyingmatters.org)

 

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