Heart Failure is a life limiting condition with significant mortality despite advances in medical therapy 1. Approximately 80% of people with heart failure get diagnosed only after requiring hospitalisation for decompensation2. Admissions for heart failure are associated with a 9.2% inpatient mortality3 and those who are diagnosed following a hospital admission have significantly worse outcomes and a higher mortality than those who are diagnosed in primary care4.
We know that early initiation of guideline directed medical therapy has benefit in terms of patient symptoms, morbidity and mortality. The majority of costs associated with heart failure are accrued further to inpatient episodes, particularly when patients approach the end of life5.
Primary care is the best place and most appropriate place to detect undiagnosed people with heart failure and, at the earliest opportunity, facilitate implementation of evidence-based interventions.
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Hollingworth et al (2016). The health care costs of heart failure during the last five years of life: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Cardiology. VOLUME 224, P132-138, DECEMBER 01, 2016. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.09.021