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Cuthbert JJ, Clark AL. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will improve heart failure outcomes. Practitioner October 2021;265(1852):11-15

Prompt diagnosis and treatment will improve heart failure outcomes

27 Oct 2021Registered users

The majority of new diagnoses of heart failure (HF) are made only after the patient has deteriorated to the point of requiring hospital admission. Within a month of admission with HF, 1 in 4 patients who survive to discharge will be readmitted, and 1 in 8 will die. Ischaemic heart disease is the most common cause of HF, accounting for at least half of diagnoses: following a heart attack, 1 in 3 patients will develop HF within 5 years. Hypertension, diabetes and obesity are also associated with an increased risk of HF.

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