Richard talks about the psychological impact of heart failure

17th September 2015

Support volunteer Richard Mindham has been telling doctors, nurses, researchers and patients about the psychological impact of heart failure.

Richard, who has dilated cardiomyopathy, was addressing an event at the Royal Society of Medicine in London earlier this week.

The conference was part of the society’s Medicine and Me programme to update doctors and give patients and carers a chance to tell the medical profession about the impact that diagnosis and treatment can have.

The event, on Monday at the society’s London headquarters, was looking at heart failure.

Organisers of the programme say doctors, surgeons and other healthcare professionals learn from and are inspired to improve care by hearing from patients.

The event was supported by the British Heart Foundation, and Cardiomyopathy UK sponsored a stand there.

Richard told the meeting that when he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago the only psychological support he had was from Cardiomyopathy UK. He was given no information about the charity, and only found out about it from an internet search.

He said it had taken him about five years to fully come to terms with the diagnosis and the changes he had to make to his life.

Richard has been a support volunteer for Cardiomyopathy UK for many years. In that role he talks to others affected by cardiomyopathy by telephone and email.

If you would like to talk to someone on our support volunteer network, contact Robert Hall on 01494 791224 or email him.