Heart disease

Approximately 2.6 million people in the UK are living with coronary heart disease (CHD).

CHD is the most common heart condition and the cause of most heart attacks. There are many other heart conditions, such as congenital heart disease, heart valve disease or cardiomyopathy.

Caring for someone who has a heart condition can be very demanding both physically and mentally, but remember not to bear the burden of care all yourself; doctors, nurses, social workers, voluntary groups and friends can all provide help and support with the emotional and physical problems faced by both you and the person you are caring for.

In certain instances it may be possible to arrange respite care, where the person is looked after in a care home for a few days if you need a break. The cardiac nurse or social worker may be able to help with this.

Want to learn more about heart diseases?

  • Visit the links on this page
  • Contact your local Carers' Centre to find out about the services and opportunities they provide
  • Meet other carers online – who are usually more than happy to share their knowledge and experience with you – by posting messages on our discussion boards or visiting our chatroom.

Useful information relating to heart disease:

British Heart Foundation

British Cardiac Society

Department of Health - CHD


Patient UK - Lifestyle

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS)

NHS Choices: Heart Diseases