Early detection is key in heart failure–putting patients on appropriate treatment as early as possible is vital to help minimise the risk of their symptoms getting worse, prolong their lives and improve their quality of life.1
Unfortunately, heart failure is often not on many healthcare professionals’ radars. As a result, they may not always recognise symptoms of heart failure, and patients only get diagnosed once severe damage to their heart has already taken place.2 Equally, they may not be aware that heart failure can occur in younger as well as older people.
Doctors may also not think to try to prevent heart failure in their high-risk patients through appropriate lifestyle changes or medication.
Improving healthcare professionals’ understanding of heart failure is therefore urgently needed. Appropriate diagnostic tools should also be available and reimbursed in all relevant settings of care to help avoid any delays in diagnosis.