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Audit reveals ‘unacceptable’ variation in heart failure survival

9th December 2010

A major new audit of heart failure patients in England and Wales has uncovered wide variations in mortality rates.

The National Heart Failure Audit analysed 21,294 medical records for patients admitted to hospital for heart failure between April 2009 and March 2010.

It found that, overall, about 32 per cent of heart failure patients died within a year of hospital admission.

The report underlined the value of cardiologists and specialist heart failure services, as mortality rates fell to 23 per cent for patients with access to these.

It also showed that inpatient mortality is 12 per cent for heart failure patients on a non-cardiac ward, compared to just six per cent for those on dedicated cardiac wards.

Clinical lead Dr Theresa McDonagh, chair of the British Society for Heart Failure, said: "This audit shows that patients admitted to hospital with heart failure have an unacceptably high death rate.

"Outcomes for these patients can be significantly improved by having specialist cardiology input to their care."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800283039-ADNFCR

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