Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has written to local Clinical Commissioning Groups to highlight the importance of adopting recommendations contained within the recent APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Heart Disease report in order to reduce instances of heart failure.

The reports, Focus on Heart Failure’ report: commissioner recommendations and the Heart Failure Audit, wish to see hospital leaders take steps locally to adopt their recommendation in order to achieve improved outcomes for those affected by the condition. Achieving improved outcomes for heart failure is particularly important considering the fact that it represents the only major cardiovascular condition that has become more prevalent in recent decades, with projections indicating that hospital admissions for the condition are likely to increase by 50% over the next 25 years, largely as a result of an ageing population.

Whilst the latest National Heart Failure Audit showed that modest improvements are being made in the number of patients surviving heart failure, due in part to increases in access to specialist care, there remains significant scope for further improvements, particularly as quality of care remains highly variable across the country. Twenty six percent of patients with heart failure are misdiagnosed and may be treated for considerable periods for conditions such as respiratory infection, asthma or anxiety before the correct diagnosis is made.

As a result, Gwynne has written to Tameside & Glossop CCG and Stockport CCG to highlight the importance of adopting these recommendations and to seek reassurances around the steps that are being taken locally to help achieve improved outcomes for those affected by the condition.

Andrew Gwynne said: 

“When I joined clinical experts and representatives from the UK’s leading heart failure charities to discuss heart failure last year I was surprised to learn that such a high number of people across the UK are living with heart failure as a major cardiovascular condition.

“I’ve written to both Tameside and Stockport CCG’s to find out whether they are adopting these recommendations, and if not, why.” 

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