The UK faces an epidemic of heart failure (HF). NICE guidelines emphasise the importance of multidisciplinary assessment and care by HF specialists, evidence-based prescribing, and careful discharge planning after hospitalisation. This article highlights areas where improvements can be made in the management of HF including taking lessons from the latest National Heart Failure Audit.
HF has a major impact on patients, their families, the NHS and social care services. It still has a poor prognosis, worse than many of the common cancers that also affect older people. It causes significant morbidity and imposes a major cost burden on the health service. This editorial provides an introduction to a special supplement on a first-in-class oral treatment for heart failure.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has a major impact on the health and quality of life of patients and there is often co-morbidity with cardiovascular disease. Well planned and structured training for the primary care team could have a major impact on outcomes.
The use of electronic cigarettes has been marked by huge growth in sales and ongoing controversy over their value in helping smokers to quit. This article originally published on our sister title – the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, discusses some of the key issues for primary healthcare professionals on this new technology.
The BSH’s 18th annual meeting included a number of exciting presentations from some of the leading experts in heart failure. The report includes an update on some of the key trials that reported during the year.