Heart Failure

Heart failure survival rates remain stubbornly low

Survival after a diagnosis of heart failure in the United Kingdom has shown only modest improvement in the 21st century and lags behind other serious conditions, such as cancer, finds a large study published by The BMJ today.

Heart failure is an increasingly common condition that affects around 920,000 people in the UK.

Using UK primary care data from 2000 to 2017 linked to hospital and mortality records, researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in Oxford compared survival rates for 55,959 patients aged 45 and over with a new diagnosis of heart failure with 278,679 matched controls.

Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: 

“Heart failure is a cruel and debilitating illness affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK.

“Research funded by the BHF has shown a worrying increase in people being diagnosed with heart failure in hospital, rather than it being spotted by their GP. The later you’re diagnosed, the worse your outlook becomes.

“This study adds to this concerning picture of heart failure care in the UK, but identifying the shortfalls is the first step towards addressing them. We need the communication between hospitals and primary care providers to make sure patients with heart failure are diagnosed and treated earlier to prevent the need for hospital admissions, whilst those who are admitted receive that all-important follow-up care after they leave hospital.”

 Note original article published 14.02.19  www.bhf.org.uk

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