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Topic: Heart failure - Primary Care

Thursday, 03 October 2019
Although overall CV mortality has declined in recent years, patients with clinically manifest CVD remain at increased risk of recurrent CV events. A group of HCPs at UK primary and secondary care centres have recently developed a consensus statement to improve delivery of secondary prevention in the UK.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 08 September 2016
The American Heart Association has published a scientific statement providing prescribers with a list of drugs that can cause or worsen heart failure. Heart failure patients are usually taking medications for multiple medical conditions with resulting risk for drug-drug or drug-condition interactions.
Category: Have You Heard
Thursday, 16 June 2016
A large amount of evidence points to the effectiveness of optimising primary care heart failure management in reducing referral to hospital and improving outcomes for patients. This article describes the changes made in a primary care practice that has resulted in measurable difference for the primary care team and their patients.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 07 February 2019
Results from the DECLARE study show that the SGLT-2 inhibitor dapagliflozin reduces hospitalisation for heart failure or CV death with no increase in major CV events compared with placebo in a broad population of over 17,000 patients with type 2 diabetes. These are important findings, and more or less consistent with findings noted with other SGLT-2 inhibitors.
Monday, 21 November 2016
HF has a major impact on patients, their families, the NHS and social care services. It still has a poor prognosis, worse than many of the common cancers that also affect older people. It causes significant morbidity and imposes a major cost burden on the health service. This editorial provides an introduction to a special supplement on a first-in-class oral treatment for heart failure.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 28 May 2021
The UK’s first educational tool to help aspiring and practicing GPs improve their auscultation skills and detection of heart valve disease.
Category: Have You Heard
Monday, 21 November 2016
The UK faces an epidemic of heart failure (HF). NICE guidelines emphasise the importance of multidisciplinary assessment and care by HF specialists, evidence-based prescribing, and careful discharge planning after hospitalisation. This article highlights areas where improvements can be made in the management of HF including taking lessons from the latest National Heart Failure Audit.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Between 2002 and 2014, the number of new cases of heart failure in the UK increased by 12% – from 170,727 to 190,798 cases, according to the most comprehensive review of heart failure statistics in the UK. The number of new heart failure cases in 2014 was similar to the combined number of new cases of breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer (189,136 cases in 2014).
Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Men and women suffering from heart failure have a higher risk of death than people with some common types of cancer, according to results from the primary care database study. Heart failure is also accompanied by much higher rates of co-morbidity.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Heart failure (HF) was singled out as an emerging epidemic in 1997. Since then, rates have continued to rise and it remains a major public health problem with a prevalence ofmore than 23 million worldwide. HF is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs, particularly in the over-65s. Changes in the case mix mean morepatients are presenting with preserved ejection fraction, for which management is aimed to stop progression, relieve symptoms, eliminate exacerbations and reduce the mortality. Despite reductions in HF-related mortality, hospitalisations remain frequent and readmissions continue to rise. It is these admissions to hospital that put a financialstrain on the local health economy, and cause stress and anxiety for the patient and supporting family.
Category: Editorial
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