More heart failure vigilance needed

Associate Professor John Amerena, director of the Geelong Cardiology Research Unit at Geelong Hospital, said a significant number of cases of heart failure go undiagnosed, with many individuals being diagnosed with advanced disease.

A survey of 70 hospital-based health professionals, including cardiologists and emergency physicians, showed that most doctors view acute heart failure as having the greatest impact on quality of life and on hospital resources compared to other cardiac conditions, including acute myocardial infarction. This highlighted challenges with diagnosis in general practice,