Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the UK1 affecting nearly 1 million people2


Heart failure is a serious and chronic disease that prevents the heart from being able to pump enough blood to the body. The outlook for patients with heart failure is poor, with survival rates worse than those for bowel, breast or prostate cancer 3. Furthermore, heart failure places great stress on patients, caregivers and healthcare systems. A late diagnosis of heart failure in the UK is common and 80 per cent of heart failure is currently diagnosed following admission to hospital4. Early detection of heart failure is crucial to ensuring patients get access to life-saving treatments in a timely manner, helping to avoid hospital admission and improve the quality of patient lives3

  1. British Heart Foundation, 2019. Heart failure hospital admissions rise by a third in five years [online] Available at: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/november/heart-failure-hospital-admissions-riseby-a-third-in-five-years [Accessed 27/06/2022]
  2. Conrad, N; Judge, A, Tran, J et al. The Lancet, 2018; 391, 10120
  3. Taylor et al. (2019). Trends in survival after a diagnosis of heart failure in the United Kingdom 2000-2017: population based cohort study. BMJ 364 :l223
  4. Bottle et al. (2018) Routes to diagnosis of heart failure: observational study using linked data in England. Heart. 104(7):600-605.