National Heart Failure Audit

11th August 2017

The National Heart Failure Audit found that 8.9% of patients had died in 2015-16, down from 9.6% the previous year, which has saved around 500 lives.

The report assessed patients admitted to hospital between April 2015 and March 2016 with heart failure at NHS trusts, and showed that more people were being provided with crucial medicines for heart disease and had better access to specialist treatment.

It also went on to reveal that 80% of sufferers reporting heart failure at hospitals in England and Wales were seen by specialists, and that nine in 10 patients admitted to hospital received an echocardiogram – a key diagnostic test in heart failure conditions. It also found an increase in the percentage of patients prescribed three key medicines for heart failure - but highlighted  there was still room for further improvement.

A key outcome from the report was recommendations for further improvements were needed to close the gap in variations of heart failure care and in different wards within a hospital”. It also found and that leaders should act “understand and act upon variations in their care of people with heart failure” across England and ensure more people receive the best treatment possible.

Joel Rose, Chief Executive of Cardiomyopathy UK said: “While this report shows a positive trend it is important to remember that it  examined "heart failure", a broad catch-all term. As such it does not tell us much about how some of the less common causes of heart failure such as cardiomyopathy, are being treated. What we need is much more specific information so that we can get a true understanding of how cardiomyopathy is being treated and put people with the condition in a position to know more about how their local services are performing."