A free support service for heart disease patients called Heart Matters has been launched by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) this month.
Heart Matters will provide support to the specific needs of heart patients or those at risk of heart disease. Around 2.5 million people in the UK are living with coronary heart disease.
Healthcare professionals can recommend the service to help patients make changes in their lives, such as reducing blood pressure or cholesterol levels, or for those already living with heart disease.
Dr Mike Knapton, BHF associate medical director, said: “It can be difficult to encourage patients to take lifestyle advice on board and implement long-term changes to their way of life, but by recommending Heart Matters I can feel confident they are getting the support and encouragement they need to manage their risk factors.”
The service is made to cater to the specific needs of the patient. It includes information about how to best manage the patient’s condition, regular emails offering advice and a members’ helpline staffed by cardiac nurses.