A SPECIALIST team at the John Radcliffe Hospital will be speaking to the public about heart failure as part of a European-wide awareness day on Wednesday.

The Heart Failure Team will be manning an information stall at the hospital as part of Heart Failure Awareness Day to speak about the causes, symptoms, and what can be done to minimise the risk of developing heart failure.

It is estimated that nearly 5,000 people in Oxfordshire have heart failure.

One of the most common causes of heart failure is high blood pressure, so the team will be offering free blood pressure checks on the day.

They will also give advice on how lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can help to reduce blood pressure.

Helen Jackson, a Consultant Nurse in Heart Failure at the Trust, said: “Educating and promoting self-care strategies is vital in the lives of heart failure patients.

“We’re hoping that by helping people to be aware of the symptoms of heart failure, which include feeling out of breath, tired and possible swelling of the abdomen, feet or legs, that they will visit their GP as soon as possible for an examination and to have the tests required to check whether they might have heart failure.”

Members of the heart failure team will man the stand opposite the League of Friends café, between 10am and 3pm.