Urgent call for more heart failure nurses

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The number of specialist heart failure nurses should be increased from one to four for every 100,000 people to meet the growing demand from a rising number of heart failure cases, according to a new report from the Alliance for Heart Failure.

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The new report Heart failure: a call to action warns that COVID-19 could result in a significant increase in the disease.

Up to 40% of people diagnosed with heart failure die within one year. Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently affected by heart failure, with around 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year, at a total annual cost of £2 billion to the NHS.

The Alliance for Heart Failure https://allianceforheartfailure.org is a coalition of charities, patient groups, professional bodies and healthcare companies working together to raise the profile of heart failure in Government, the NHS and media.

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