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March 2024

Understanding the role of GPNs in heart failure

Heart failure is the ‘destination condition’ of most cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiometabolic disorders such as diabetes with factors including obesity, raised cholesterol and high blood pressure are also prevalent in people diagnosed with heart failure. 

An estimated 1 million people are living with heart failure in the UK. There are 200,000 new diagnoses each year with an estimated 400,000 cases currently undetected in UK. 

  • 80% of Heart failure first diagnoses as made as emergency admissions to hospital, with several patients visiting their GPs with symptoms in the months before admission.
  • 30% of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within the year following diagnosis.

The British Society for Heart Failure is leading the 25in25 initiative (with 54+ national and international healthcare organisations). This is a transformative Quality Improvement programme to save 10,000 lives per year by reducing deaths due to HF in the first year after diagnosis, by 25% in the next 25 years.

The British Society for Heart Failure Nurse Forum said: ‘We know earlier diagnosis and prompt effective treatment reduces mortality for people with heart failure.

‘We believe general practice nurses (GPNs) can play a key role in the earlier identification of heart failure patients.  We would like to understand your experience of supporting people with heart failure. 

‘Please consider completing this short survey, which should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.’

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