People with heart failure invited to give their views to doctors

16th July 2015

Patients and carers are being invited to have a say on living with heart failure at a special day in September.

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)are holding the event, part of its Medicine and Me programme, to update doctors and give patients and their carers a chance to air their concerns on the impact of diagnosis, investigation and treatment.

Heart failure is a term used when the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure to meet its needs.

It usually occurs when the heart muscle has become too weak and needs help, usually in the form of drug treatments, to pump more efficiently.

Some people affected by cardiomyopathy may experience heart failure at some point.

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

The event, on Monday, 14 September, from 12.30pm at their offices in Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE. is being supported by the British Heart Foundation and Cardiomyopathy UK.

It is hoped that about 70 per cent of the audience will be made up of those with living with heart failure, their families, carers and advocates, and up to 30 per cent doctors, specialist nurses, other related clinicians and researchers,

For more details and the agenda, see here.