28 August 2015
Heart failure patients encouraged to learn about their condition
The heart failure team from the Bristol Heart Institute is
holding a meeting for patients and their carers to learn more about
the condition and how to manage it.
Heart failure affects 900,000 people in the UK, with a rise of
50 per cent predicted by 2030, and around two per cent of the NHS
budget is spent treating the condition. In the wider Bristol area,
there are around 6,000 people with heart failure.
Consultant cardiologist Angus Nightingale said: "In the last
year, around 1,200 patients were admitted to UH Bristol's hospitals
with heart failure as one of their conditions. The aim of this
event is to provide better links for patients in Bristol with heart
failure, and help to build a support network for them and their
carers. We're working closely with Bristol Community Health, so
there will be a coordinated network of care within hospitals and in
the community itself. We would love to see lots of people come to
The event will be an opportunity for patients and carers to meet
doctors, and community and hospital specialist nurses to talk about
how to manage their condition, and what support is on offer.
Pharmacists will be on hand to talk about medicine management,
dieticians will offer advice on healthy eating, and
physiotherapists will give information about safe and sensible
exercise for patients with heart failure.
The event takes place on Wednesday, 9 September, from 2pm to 5pm
at the Holiday Inn, Filton Road, Filton, BS16 1QX. If people would
like to attend, they should call 0117 342 6592 and leave a message
with their name and the number of people attending.
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