The Sound Doctor, a UK-based provider of health-related film and audio content for patients, has announced a series of 40 films on heart failure.
The films, released in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Trust (all London, UK), have been produced with input from the British Heart Foundation.
“The videos are clear and I am sure will be a fantastic resource for patients and their medical professionals,” says Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation.
The films are designed to form an effective self-management tool for patients and are filled with practical advice offered by some of the UK’s leading experts in the field. According to a press release, the high quality of the films, as well as their scope and number, provide an essential resource for those coping with heart failure, as well as their families.
Rosie Runciman, The Sound Doctor co-founder says, “For patients, the films will help you get the most out of life now you have been diagnosed with heart failure. For you and your family, it is a resource which is available 24/7, and there are so many tips and practical advice that will really make a difference.”
Mike Knapton went on to explain, “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.”
There are currently around 900,000 people in the UK living with heart failure and just as many living with damaged hearts but without the symptoms of heart failure. Due to an ageing population, these numbers are expected to grow, which will inevitably increase the pressure on health professionals, the NHS and allied services.
These films are intended to not only help NHS professionals to ensure improved patient outcomes, but also to help heart failure sufferers to live more independent and fulfilling lives.