Fighting Failure is designed to help spread awareness of heart failure, to give people the knowledge to recognise the symptoms and to urge anybody who thinks they may be experiencing them to visit their healthcare professional. We want to support healthcare professionals to keep heart failure front of mind and offer appropriate testing and care for those they think might be experiencing heart failure.
Diagnosing heart failure early means patients can begin appropriate treatment sooner1, therefore reducing the strain on NHS budgets and resources, and offering them a better quality of life with the condition.
Heart failure affects almost 1 million people in the UK alone, with another approximately 200,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. This is similar to the total number of people who are diagnosed with the four most common cancers combined - breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer.2 As it stands, heart failure is a considerable cost to the NHS. It accounts for 2% of the total NHS budget3 and 5% of all emergency admissions to hospital4.
In 2017/18, this condition was responsible for just over 68,000 emergency admissions to hospital in England and Wales. The median hospital stay was nine days on Cardiology wards and six days on General Medicine wards, with 10.1% of patients dying in hospital.5
This illustrates that the appropriate and optimal management of heart failure should be a priority for healthcare professionals and budget holders.
For ages 65+