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New patient short films released on heart failure

New patient short films released on heart failure

Publication date: Monday, 17 July 2017
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

A new series of 40 films on heart failure have been released by the Sound Doctor, a leading provider of health-related film and audio content for patients. The films are released in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, and have been produced with input from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The short films are designed to help patients get the most out of life once they have been diagnosed with heart failure. They provide a reassuring information resource for the patient and family which is available 24/7 and there are many tips and practical advice that will really make a difference in day-to-day life.

Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director of the BHF said, “The videos are clear and I am sure will be a fantastic resource for patients and their medical professionals”. He added, “In an ideal world, the information could be given face to face with a doctor or nurse, but in practice, only so much information can be taken in at each consultation. This approach enables patients to know more about their condition, which will increase their confidence and control over their lives.”

The films can be accessed from the Sound Doctor website, either by individual patients paying a small charge, or via GP practices that have purchased the resources on their patients behalf. The site also includes films on a number of other cardiovascular conditions including diabetes, COPD and weight loss surgery.

Heart failure films

  • Overview (including “What is HF?”, “Why have I got HF?” and “Who’s going to be treating me?”
  • Symptoms (including “What are the symptoms of HF?”, “Gadgets that may make life easier”, and “Where can I go for help?”
  • Treatments and prevention (including “Medicines for HF”, “Cardiac rehabilitation overview” and “How to get the most from your medicines”)
  • Living with heart failure (including “Diet”, “Can I still go on holiday?” and “How can HF affect my mood?”
  • Individual patient stories

Table: Summary of the heart failure films available on Sound Doctor.

More information

The Sound Doctor Library includes over 280 films covering 6 conditions so far and is constantly growing to support our members. For more information, visit

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Category: Have You Heard
Edition: Volume 2 Number 6 PCCJ Online 2017
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

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