Only 'modest' improvement in heart failure survival rates since 2000

ScienceDaily | 2/13/2019 | Staff
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The findings also show that survival is worse for people requiring admission to hospital around the time of diagnosis, and for those in the most deprived groups.

The researchers point out that, unlike cancer, heart failure has not been a priority for government policy or funding -- and say their results "should alert policy makers to the need for further investment in heart failure services."

Heart - Failure - Condition - People - UK

Heart failure is an increasingly common condition that affects over 920,000 people in the UK, and globally is estimated to cost US$108bn (£82.4bn; €94.5bn) each year.

Reliable survival estimates are important for any long term condition, yet studies exploring survival trends for heart failure over time are inconsistent.

Research - Team - Dr - Clare - Taylor

So a research team led by Dr Clare Taylor and Professor Richard Hobbs at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in Oxford, set out to report short and long term survival rates of people with heart failure, and to examine trends over time by year of diagnosis, hospital admission around the time of diagnosis, and socioeconomic group.

Using UK primary care data from 2000 to 2017 linked to hospital and mortality records, they compared survival rates for 55,959 patients aged 45 and over with a new diagnosis of heart failure with 278,679 matched controls.

Heart - Failure - People - Diagnosis - Heart

They defined heart failure as people with a new diagnosis of heart failure in their medical record during the study period. Hospital data revealed whether a patient was admitted to hospital within three months of diagnosis.

Overall, one, five, and 10 year survival rates increased...
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