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2895 Managing Heart Failure The importance regular reviews

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After a diagnosis of heart failure, you will be invited for follow up meetings with your cardiologist at least six monthly. This video explains what to expect, and how to best plan for your appointment so that you get the most from it. Shortly before your next appointment is due you will receive an appointment letter from the hospital. If you cannot attend the appointment, please ring the department on the telephone number provided to arrange an alternative time. If you have been keeping a diary of your symptoms, please bring this with you to the appointment. If not, please keep a note of any symptoms that you experience in the week before your appointment. In particular, this should include shortness of breath, ankle swelling or fatigue. We also recommend that you make a list of questions or concerns that you wish to discuss. Many patients forget to ask important questions when they see their doctor, and only remember afterwards. For example, if you have noticed that you keep waking up short of breath, write that on your list. Many people like to bring their spouse, a friend, or a family member with them. This is a good idea if you find it difficult to remember everything the doctor tells you, or if you are hard of hearing. Your friend can also make notes and help to remember the important points. We recommend that ladies wear separate top and bottoms, rather than a dress, as this makes it easier to examine you and carry out any tests. Arrive at the hospital with plenty of time to spare, so that you can park and make your way to the appointment without rushing. You will also need to bring change for the ticket machine. Before you see your doctor, a you may need to have some tests. This is likely to include your blood pressure and weight, and sometimes an electrocardiogram, which is often called an ECG. The doctor you see will either be your consultant or a member of their team. A heart failure nurse may also be present. The doctor will want to ask you about how you are feeling, if you are experiencing any new or worsening symptoms, if you have had any side effects from the medication and how much exercise you can tolerate. They may also want to know about your diet, alcohol intake and if you have been able to give up smoking. They will also examine you. The doctor will discuss a plan for your ongoing management, and this is when it can be useful to have a companion with you. If you do not understand anything, or you or aren’t sure, please ask them to explain again. It’s a good idea to repeat the plan back to your doctor to confirm that you understood. Your regular reviews will really help you and your health care team to manage your heart failure effectively, so make the most of your visits by being prepared.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 24, 2015

2895 Managing Heart Failure The importance regular reviews

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