Heart failure cases rise by a third as experts say diagnosis and treatment needs ‘urgent’  – News 24
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Heart failure cases rise by a third as experts say diagnosis and treatment needs ‘urgent’ – News 24

November 5, 2019


 And the charity warned that heart failure patients spend around 10 days in hospital – double the average of five days for all diagnoses Heart failure admissions have reached record levels in England, rising from 65,000 in 2013/14 to more than 86,000 in 2018/19 – a 33 percent increase   This is three times the pace of all other hospital admissions, which have risen by 11 percent in the same period   BHF medical director Prof Sir Nilesh Samani said: “Heart failure poses a growing and increasingly complex challenge, not only for people with the condition, but for those who care for them too   “It’s concerning to see yet another increase in hospital admissions – an indication that how we diagnose, treat and care for these patients needs urgent attention   “There is no cure for heart failure, but with access to the right services and support, people can go on to have a good quality of life for many years ”  Around 920,000 people have the condition and it is believed to be placing a greater burden on the health service than the four most common cancers combined   Numbers are being fuelled by an ageing population, more people surviving heart attacks and stubbornly high rates of risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes   The BHF said better ways of detecting, diagnosing and treating heart failure are urgently needed, including improved care in communities   Prof Samani added: “Doing so will improve thousands of lives and relieve the unsustainable pressure that heart failure is putting on our health service ”

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