Spotlight: Heart Failure

"It is the only cardiovascular disorder in the UK which is growing in prevalence."

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Spotlight:  Heart Failure

Vitality's John Downes examines the history, variations, symptoms and underwriting considerations of heart failure.

Heart failure refers to when the heart is unable to pump blood round the body efficiently. It is also sometimes known as congestive heart failure (CHF). In the UK about 900,000 people have heart failure, with about 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year, mainly affecting older ages. It is the only cardiovascular disorder in the UK which is growing in prevalence. While the oldest identified case of heart failure goes back 3,500 years, to the Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Egypt, it wasn't unt...

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