Cardiac nurse helpline offers advice to heart patients

Heart patients and people at risk of heart disease can now use a support service set up by the British Heart Foundation to learn how best to manage their condition.

(Photograph: iStockPhoto/bradley bassitt)

Heart Matters includes information on heart conditions and access to a members' helpline staffed by cardiac nurses and regular emails offering information and motivational advice.

Cambridge GP Dr Mike Knapton, director of prevention and care at the British Heart Foundation, 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 vital support and encouragement they need to manage their risk factors.'

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