Whether you are a patient, a carer, or a supporter, Keep It Pumping has resources for you. Be sure to check back often! There will be several resource updates in the months ahead.
A Quick Guide to Living with Heart Failure brochure
The first step to taking the best care of yourself is understanding your disease. This brochure provides a clear explanation of heart failure and its causes and symptoms. Read about the different levels of heart failure and find out where you are in the progression of this disease.
Use this brochure to help understand your treatment options, too. There are even tips for taking your medicine every day.
A Quick Guide to Caring for Someone with Heart Failure brochure
Are you a significant person in the life of someone living with heart failure? This brochure was written for you. This simple reference guide on heart failure may help you understand your loved one’s needs better, and your own.
Caring for someone with heart failure can be an emotional challenge. In this brochure you can find some suggestions for taking care of yourself while caring for your loved one.
This website provides information and advice to people with heart failure, their families and carers. The mission is to improve quality of life and longevity through better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart failure.
American Heart Association (AHA)
The American Heart Association is a voluntary US health agency that aims to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This PDF defines heart failure and offers additional information about causes, treatments, management, and AHA contact information.
British Heart Foundation (BHF)
The BHF website is devoted to heart health and provides information to help patients better understand heart failure and how to live with it. The site also provides links to support groups, and offers downloadable booklets and additional information that may be ordered online.
Pumping Marvellous Foundation
Pumping Marvellous Foundation is a heart failure charity in the UK founded by a patient. The unique site offers free patient-friendly heart failure tools written by actual patients. The website also provides a full view of heart failure, and its symptoms and medications, in patient-friendly language.
Mended Hearts, the oldest peer-to-peer cardiac group, assists patients and caregivers with support and hope. Become a member and join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter to get education materials. Download Heartbeat Magazine for uplifting stories told by a patient or a patient’s loved one.
Association pour les Patients Insuffisants Cardiaques (ASPIC)
Access this website for an overview of the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Click here for video links of patients speaking about their experience with the disease.
iHHub offers a central place for heart failure discussions with patients in many countries. This is also an excellent site to access the latest news in heart failure.
Association Vie Et Coeur (AVEC)
Designed for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers, this website provides a place for listening and support. Members develop relationships and share experiences of their mutual disease. This is also a great place to stay informed about news in the heart failure community.
Dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke in Ireland, this website offers materials useful for patients and their caregivers. Look for links to dates and times of programs, such as exercise and weight management, available in the region.
Heart and Stroke Foundation
This Canadian website promotes healthy living free of heart disease and stroke. Access this site for an overview of heart disease. Look for tips about healthy living as well as low salt recipes to improve diet. Also find videos of real patients sharing their stories.
Fondation Suisse de Cardiologie
This Swiss site provides a range of information about all aspects of heart disease. Here you can learn about prevention through treatment. Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle for better management of your disease. Also find links to local educational events sponsored by the Swiss Heart Foundation.
Federation Française de Cardiologie
The French Federation of Cardiology website provides heart failure disease awareness. Learn here about available treatment options. Also review important tips on ways you can stay healthy.
Associazone Italiana Scompensati Cardiaci (AISC)
This Italian website connects heart failure patients to each other. The AISC encourages people to help and support each other by sharing what they have learned about living with heart failure. It also offers news updates and connections to experts who can answer your questions.
National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease (WomenHeart)
WomenHeart has a goal to improve the lives of women with heart disease and women at risk of heart disease. Their website lists support groups and includes stories of women who suffer from heart diseases. There are many ways to get involved in their community.