More people are living longer than ever before and because heart failure is more common in older people it is becoming a much larger problem in the UK. Patients with heart failure develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, swollen legs and are quickly exhausted by walking short distances. This is because fluid builds up in their lungs and their legs causing these symptoms. We can treat these symptoms well, by removing this extra fluid from the lungs and legs using water tablets known as diuretics and most patients are given these medicines to take regularly. The drawback of diuretics is that sometimes they may remove too much fluid. This is a problem because it means that there is not enough fluid in the blood to reach the kidneys, and as a result, the kidneys can become damaged.
Our project aims to help prevent kidney damage by creating a smart monitoring system that can tailor advice about the risk of kidney damage for each patient with heart failure. This ultimate aim is to develop and test a system that can be installed in GP practices across the UK. For all parts of this work we need input from patients who have experience of taking diuretics to ensure the work is acceptable to patients.
If you are interested in any aspect of this study, we would love to have your input. It will give the researchers the chance to talk in more detail about the work and it will give you the chance to give your views on it. The aim is to engage interested members of the public in our work.
Some ways you can contribute to the development of this project is by:
- Talking to us about your experiences of taking diuretic medication and going for blood tests for kidney function.
- Providing feedback about the design of the study, helping decide how patients should be treated when participating in the research.
- Giving us your views of home testing and care outside of a hospital or GP setting.
If you are interested in being involved we can talk to you about the different ways you can be involved in the future. All members of the public involved in our work are paid a fee and have their travel expenses reimbursed.
This study is funded by NIHR CLAHRC NWC and is undertaken mainly at the University of Liverpool, with research partners across the North West, including the University of Manchester, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. We hope you will feel encouraged to share your opinions with us. If you have any questions about the meeting or the work mentioned here please contact us by phone on 0151 795 5390 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org