Heart Failure Education for Patients and Caregivers
Living with heart failure – Resources to help you manage your heart failure
(Heart and Stroke Foundation)
A booklet for people living with heart failure, containing helpful fact sheets and information on managing heart failure, medications, activity and other tips.
For a concise overview of heart failure, visit the Heart and Stroke’s Heart Failure webpage.
Heart Failure: a conversation guide to help people with heart failure receive high-quality care
(Health Quality Ontario)
This patient guide is based on information from Health Quality Ontario’s quality standard Heart Failure: Care in the Community for Adults. The quality standard focuses on care provided to people with heart failure outside of the hospital. The patient guide is not meant to be a complete guide to heart failure but a tool to empower patients to talk with their health care providers about the topics that matter to them as they live with heart failure.
Information for Patients and Families
(BC Heart Failure Network)
For a comprehensive collection of heart failure related information, click on the “For Patients and Families” tab of the navigation bar on the BC Heart Failure Network website. Resources are available in several languages.
Making Decisions about Your Care
(Ontario Palliative Care Network)
A helpful 2-page summary to help patients and their caregivers better understand advance care planning, goals of care, and informed consent.
Heart Failure Patient Guide
(University of Ottawa Heart Institute)
A helpful guide for patients with heart failure including the basics of heart failure and living with heart failure. A video series covering some key topics is included.
Heart Failure Patient Education Site
(Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research)
A thorough resource for patients living with heart failure, with helpful tools for patients including a “Preparing for your Heart Function Clinic Appointment” checklist and daily weight record.
Heart Failure Matters
This website includes practical information for patients with heart failure, families and caregivers in multiple languages.
The HeartLife Foundation is Canada’s first – and only – national patient-led heart failure organization. The primary aims include raising public awareness of heart failure, engaging patients, families, and caregivers to provide education and support, facilitate access to the latest research, innovations, and treatments, and advocate better care for all.
The Ontario Caregiver Organization
Caring for someone with heart failure can be overwhelming at times, but there is support out there. The Ontario Caregiver Organization is an organization dedicated to raising awareness around the caregiving role, and supporting caregivers by linking them with the helpful services and knowledge they need.