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Mental health conditions lengthen hospital stays for heart failure patients

Heart failure patients who are also affected by a mental health condition are more likely to face an increased length of stay in hospital, new research suggests.

Heart failure patients who are also affected by a mental health condition are more likely to face an increased length of stay in hospital, new research suggests.


Heart failure patients affected by a mental health condition spend an average of 3.3 days longer in hospital. Photo: iStock

The Aston University study, which looked at more than 30,000 UK heart failure patients, found that those with a mental health condition spent an average 3.3 days longer in hospital, costing the NHS on average an extra £800 per admission.

Researchers found depression lengthened stays by an additional 3.4 days, dementia by 4.2 days and bipolar disorder an extra 8.8 days.

Lead study author Paul Carter said: ‘It may be that heart failure services have to be modified to include mental health professionals in the timely assessment of these patients to reduce this burden on the NHS.’

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