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Heart Failure Hospital Admissions in UK Increase by a Third in Past Five Years

The number of people being admitted to hospital due to heart failure has risen by a third in the last five years, according to a new analysis by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Heart failure admissions rose from 65,025 in 2013/14 to 86,474 in 2018/19 – a 33 per cent increase, three times as fast as all other hospital admissions, which have risen by 11 per cent in the same period.

Research also suggests that nearly eight in 10 people with heart failure are diagnosed after a hospital admission, even though four in 10 had visited their GP in the previous five years with symptoms such as breathlessness, swollen ankles and exhaustion.

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