If you have a diagnosis of Heart Failure it means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. This may lead you to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen legs or fluid in the lungs. These symptoms may have come on suddenly or may have built up over a few weeks. If these symptoms become severe you may be admitted to hospital. If this happens you will come into contact with the Heart Failure Liaison Nurse, who will arrange to meet you once you have been discharged from hospital. The appointment can take place either at the hospital or at your home at a time to suit you.
The nurse may change the type and/or dose of your tablets, to try to help your heart to pump more efficiently. This may take some time, up to a few months. During this time the nurse will act as a link between you, your GP and your cardiologist/physician to make sure that everyone is aware of these changes and your progress.
Once you are feeling a bit better, and you have the right combination or tablets, you will be discharged back to your GP's care. If your heart failure symptoms worsen you can contact you Heart Failure Nurse or your GP to be referred back to the service.