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This week is National Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 11-17, 2018)! To increase national awareness about the severity of this disease, HFSA declared through the US Senate in 2001 the week of Valentine’s Day as National Heart Failure Awareness Week. HFSA is asking the public to take action by supporting the society’s efforts to promote heart failure awareness, patient education, and heart failure prevention.

“Do Your Part, Know Your Heart” Campaign

The Do Your Part, Know Your Heart campaign is a community-focused heart failure awareness initiative that encourages individuals to take an active role in maintaining their heart health. The campaign aims to promote self-health awareness by encouraging regular checkups, educating about the signs and symptoms of heart failure, providing information on diet and exercise, and stressing the importance of regular screenings. Do Your Part, Know Your Heart seeks to make living with heart failure less of a challenge, and arms patients with the information and resources they need to take control of their heart health.

Patient Resources
Learn About Heart Failure
Patient Tools (e.g. Education Modules, Patient App)
Patient Resources
Patient Webinar Series

#HFWeek2018 Events

Sunday, February 11

HFSA #HFWeek2018 Thunderclap Campaign

HFSA #HFWeek2018 Thunderclap Campaign

Spread awareness to heart failure patients and their families about the Heart Failure Society of America’s tools and educational resources. Support our Heart Failure Awareness Week 2018 Thunderclap Campaign, and help us reach our goal of 100 supporters. Make sure to share the campaign with all your colleagues, friends & families!

It’s Easy!
1. Click on our Heart Failure Awareness Week 2018 Thunderclap Campaign
2. Choose which social media platform(s) you would like to support with
3. & that’s it!

On February 11th at 12:00 PM EST a one-time message on your chosen social media account(s) will blast the campaign messaging!

Heart Failure: Diagnostic Testing and Advanced Therapies - Live Patient Event

Heart Failure: Diagnostic Testing and Advanced Therapies – Live Patient Event

The presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of the medications used to treat heart failure.  Topics that will be covered include the concept of ejection fraction, medication differences, controlling symptoms, side effects of medications, the importance of medication adherence and tools to help manage multiple medications.

Heart Failure: Diagnostic Testing and Advanced Therapies
Mended Hearts of Vero Beach, FL
February 10, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speaker: Juan Aranda, MD, FACC
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach FL – 2nd Floor Schumann Conference Center
Contact: Mended Hearts – Vero Beach FL Chapter

This presentation is part of HFSA’s community patient education initiative and is provided through a collaboration with Mended Hearts.

Monday, February 12

HFSA Twitter Takeover

HFSA Twitter Takeover

Follow @HFSA on Twitter for a series of heart failure awareness tweets over the course of 24 hour!

Heart Failure Health Storylines Patient App Challenge

Heart Failure Health Storylines Patient App Challenge

Join thousands of others and track your weight every day this week using the Daily Vitals feature in our free tool. Click here to register and start! 

If you have heart failure, tracking your weight every day and keeping a record is very important to manage your health.

At the end of the week, we will share how many people across the country successfully completed the challenge by using the Daily Vitals feature in our free tool. Simply click here to register, then click “Daily Vitals” and enter your weight every morning.  You can even do this on your phone by downloading the Heart Failure HealthStorylines app.

To make sure you get the most accurate reading possible, weigh yourself:

  • AFTER you have emptied your bladder (use the washroom)
  • BEFORE you eat breakfast
  • At the same time every morning
  • Wearing the same amount of clothing every day
  • Using the same scale every day

We encourage you to continue to track your weight every day using our free Heart Failure HealthStorylines app even after the challenge.

Heart Failure: Moods in HF and Caregiver Challenges - Live Patient Event

Heart Failure: Moods in HF and Caregiver Challenges – Live Patient Event

1:30PM – 3:00 PM | Dover, DE | Registration is not required.

The presentation will discuss the various moods that may affect a heart failure patient, how to recognize mood changes, when to seek help and the treatment options available.  The caregiver is an important part of the well-being of the heart failure patient.  The presentation will also address the important role a caregiver plays, the challenges and rewards of caregiving, the importance of self-care and finding support when needed.

Heart Failure: Moods in HF and Caregiver Challenges
Mended Hearts of Dover DE
February 12, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:00 PM
Speaker:  Sourin Banerji, MD
Location:  Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forest Ave, Dover DE – Rooms 10 and 11
Contact: Mended Hearts – Dover DE Chapter

This presentation is part of HFSA’s community patient education initiative and is provided through a collaboration with Mended Hearts.

Wednesday, February 14

Heart Failure Awareness Week Twitter Chat - #HFChat2018

Heart Failure Awareness Week Twitter Chat – #HFChat2018

12:00 PM EST | Twitter | Follow hashtag #HFChat2018

Join HFSA, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), Mended Hearts, and Heart Brothers on Twitter for a lively discussion on heart failure. The purpose of the chat is to provide healthcare providers and heart failure patients with an overview on the status of heart failure and to discuss ways to improve quality of care and expand heart failure awareness.

Thursday, February 15

Go Live for HF

Go Live for HF!

We want to hear from you! The HFSA would like to encourage providers, patients, caregivers, and concerned citizens to GO LIVE during Heart Failure Awareness Week. Utilize your Facebook and Instagram social media platforms to record instant live video messages on your profile to share important heart failure information, or share your experiences of how you’ve been affected by Heart Failure personally or as caregiver for family members! Share your story and encourage others!

Encouraged Messaging includes:

  • Why Raising HF Awareness
  • Useful Tips and Tools for Managing HF
  • Share your HF Journey

Don’t forget to tag #HFGoLive2018 and #HFWeek2018 and share your post with HFSA! 

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications - Live Patient Event

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications – Live Patient Event

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Huntsville, AL | Registration is not required.

The presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of the medications used to treat heart failure.  Topics that will be covered include the concept of ejection fraction, medication differences, controlling symptoms, side effects of medications, the importance of medication adherence and tools to help manage multiple medications.

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications
Mended Hearts of Huntsville, AL
February 15, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Josh Valtos, MD
Location: Huntsville Hospital, Dowdle Center, 109 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville AL
Contact: Mended Hearts – Huntsville AL Chapter

This presentation is part of HFSA’s community patient education initiative and is provided through a collaboration with Mended Hearts.

Friday, February 16

Heart Failure: Activity and Diet - Free Webinar!

Heart Failure: Activity and Diet – Free Webinar!

1:00 – 2:00 PM EST | Webinar | Register for Webinar >>

Presenter: Payman Zamani, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Section
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Webinar Description: This webinar will discuss the role of activity and diet in managing heart failure. Participants will learn about heart failure and the body, the benefits of exercise, the risks and consequences of not exercising and how to get started on an exercise plan. Diet is an important factor in managing heart failure and the webinar will discuss adequate nutrition, dietary restrictions, the impact of salt and water, and how to manage your overall diet effectively.

Who should attend: Heart Failure Patients, Caregivers and Family Members

Speaker Bio – Payman Zamani, MD: Dr. Payman Zamani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Section of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Zamani has an active research program focused on understanding the limitations to exercise in heart failure patients and how these can be improved. He is an active member of the HFSA, currently chairing the Early Career/Trainee Committee, serving on the Programming Committee for the annual meeting, and Co-Chairing the HFSA’s “Future Leaders in Heart Failure Symposium.” Dr. Zamani graduated from Dartmouth College and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed Internal Medicine training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his general cardiology training at the University of Pennsylvania. He received additional training in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology at the University of California, San Diego.

The Patient Education Webinar Series is provided to patients, caregivers and families through a collaboration between the Heart Failure Society of America and Mended Hearts.

This program is supported through an educational grant by Amgen.

Saturday, February 17

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Riverside, CA | Registration is not required.

The presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of the medications used to treat heart failure.  Topics that will be covered include the concept of ejection fraction, medication differences, controlling symptoms, side effects of medications, the importance of medication adherence and tools to help manage multiple medications.

Heart Failure: Medications and Challenges of Multiple Medications
Mended Hearts of Riverside, CA
February 17, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Speaker: Denise Petersen, DNP, CHFN, FNP-BC
Location: Janet Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra Ave, Riverside CA
Contact: Mended Hearts – Riverside CA Chapter

This presentation is part of HFSA’s community patient education initiative and is provided through a collaboration with Mended Hearts.

Plan a Heart Failure Awareness Event

The Heart Failure Society of America has produced an updated turnkey kit and supplemental materials to assist professionals in planning events related to heart failure either during National Heart Failure Awareness Week or at other times during the year.

Some of the materials, for either medical professionals or individuals, may be ordered online. Other information may be downloaded directly.

HFSA’s patient education activities are made possible by support from Amgen and Novartis.

 

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