There are nearly 1 million people with heart failure in the UK and nearly 200,000 are diagnosed each year.1,2 These figures are similar to the combined total number of those diagnosed with the four most common cancers - breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer.1 And yet, our research based on a public awareness survey suggests there is a lack of awareness about exactly what heart failure is and how it impacts the body if left undiagnosed and untreated.
Fighting Failure is designed to help spread awareness of heart failure, to give you the knowledge to recognise the symptoms and to urge anybody who thinks they may be experiencing the symptoms to visit their healthcare professional. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms described on this website, we recommend you discuss this with a healthcare professional, such as your GP. Diagnosing heart failure early means patients can begin appropriate treatment and care sooner3, offering those living with the condition a better quality of life, whilst also reducing the impact on NHS budgets and resources.
Whether you are directly affected by heart failure, or simply care about those who are, we would like you to get involved and help us in our effort of #fightingfailure.
For ages 65+
Now, more than ever in these unprecedented times, it’s important to stay on top of your own condition the best you can. Use this quick and easy questionnaire to monitor your symptoms week on week to give yourself a clear indication of your condition’s progression.
If you find your symptoms are worsening, and/or changing, don’t panic. Simply contact your GP or your heart failure team and they’ll give you advice on what to do.
In August 2018, Sandra returned from participating in a theatre production in the US and began to struggle with breathlessness on the final leg of her journey from Victoria Station. During her first night’s sleep she experienced excessive sweating which continued for a week. This did not cause major concern for Sandra, but she decided to visit her local GP just in case. Read Sandra’s story and find out more about the impact of heart failure.
In 2009, Bob from Leeds was diagnosed with heart failure. He was participating in a Crown Green Bowling match as captain of his local team when he began to feel faint and experienced an arrhythmic episode. Following a visit to his GP, he attended a consultation with his local cardiologist. Living with heart failure has become a continuance of the cardiovascular challenges Bob has lived with for almost his entire life. Read the rest of Bob's story now.
During April 2016, Ruth was 28 weeks pregnant and seemingly feeling the 'normal' effects of pregnancy with feelings of sickness, exhaustion and breathlessness, in addition to a constant cough and trouble sleeping. Symptoms were put down to potential pregnancy anaemia, age and general working life. Read Ruth's story to discover the imact of heart failure on her life.
Sunil lived with heart failure for over five years. Watch his documentary or read his story to learn about his experiences and the impact heart failure has had on his and his family's lives.