Heart failure is a common long term condition affecting around 900,000 people in the United Kingdom and an estimated 1-2 in every 100 adults in Western populations. Patients with heart failure often complain of shortness of breath and fatigue when they visit their GP. The outcome of heart failure is known to be poor, worse than some cancers, but clinical trials show drug treatments can improve the outlook for many.
Whilst we know about the outcomes for patients with heart failure diagnosed in hospital or who had been picked up after screening, we didn’t know the outcomes for patients diagnosed in Primary Care or who weren’t admitted to hospital.
The aim of this study was to determine the one, five and ten year survival rates of patients diagnosed with heart failure in primary care and to examine whether prognosis has improved from 1998 to 2012.