Clinical update

Updated NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure

People with chronic heart failure should be given a detailed care plan, updated NICE guideline says

People with chronic heart failure should be given a detailed care plan, updated NICE guideline says

Essential facts

Heart failure is a complex long-term condition characterised by reduced heart efficiency. More than half a million people in the UK live with the condition. While it can occur at any age it is most common in older people.

Symptoms

The main symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath after activity or at rest.
  • Swollen feet, ankles, stomach and around the lower back area.
  • Feeling unusually tired.

Causes

Conditions that can cause heart failure include myocardial infarction, hypertension and cardiomyopathy. Heart failure can be sudden or develop slowly over months or years.

What’s new?

The primary care team working with the specialist heart failure multidisciplinary

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