Thursday 23 February 2017

Heart failure awareness is key

Heart failure - better recognition can prompt treatment
Heart failure - better recognition can prompt treatment

A large number of premature deaths still occur due to a lack of knowledge of heart failure and its symptoms, said cardiologist Prof Ken McDonald.

Better recognition would prompt people to seek treatment at an earlier stage, leading to more accurate diagnosis, decreased risk of hospitalisation and improved survival rates, he added.

He was speaking at the launch of the 'Heart Failure Country Barometer: Ireland' report, developed by Croí, the Heartbeat Trust. Symptoms include persistent chest pain, severe and persistent shortness of breath, needing more pillows to sleep comfortably and rapid heart rate or worsening palpitations. Other symptoms are fatigue, swollen ankles and legs, and the build-up of fluid during the day.

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