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National Heart Failure Awareness Week February 8-14, 2009: Visit www.abouthf.org to Learn More About Heart Failure
Date:2/9/2009

eart failure is often still difficult to endure for the many individuals it affects and they often experience feelings of depression and anxiety after diagnosis. Guidelines in Module #6, "Managing Feelings About Heart Failure," can help patients and loved ones learn that they can manage emotions related to heart failure and ease feelings of distress, which is very important to the overall success of a heart failure treatment plan. The module also aims to help patients recognize symptoms of both depression (irritability, excessive sleepiness, feelings of hopelessness) and also anxiety (feelings of fear, tension, excessive worry and restlessness) so that they may know when to seek professional help as it is needed.

"Common signs of heart failure are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood," said Dr. Barry Greenberg, HFSA Immediate Past President, Professor of Medicine and Director, Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Program at the University of California, San Diego. "It is the goal of HFSA to educate people about the common signs and symptoms of heart failure. National Heart Failure Awareness Week is a chance to highlight the facts, resources and opportunities that can help physicians, nurses, patients and their families, and at risk individuals better understand heart failure. Heart failure can be prevented and with proper care and diagnosis, can be effectively treated to allow many patients to live longer and more fulfilling lives."

Available on the hfsa.org website are additional educational modules, such as "Tips for Family and Friends," advice for "Advance Care Planning," and help on "How to Follow a Low-Sodium Diet," with other information available, such as a DVD and brochure, "What you should know about heart failure," the FACES heart failure card, which lists prevention measures, symptoms and risk factors for heart failure, and many other useful resources.

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