Cardiovascular disease (CVD)

Heart failure: facts, figures and trends

Heart failure (HF), also called congestive heart failure (CHF), is defined as the inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to meet the requirement of tissues.  Common causes of heart failure include myocardial infarction (heart attack), ischaemic heart disease, hypertension, valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathy.  HF is a common, expensive, disabling cardiac condition and patients are rarely seen in the below 45 year age group.

Observed prevalence of heart failure in Central Bedfordshire was 1,810 (0.6%) and Bedfordshire CCG was 3,072 (0.7%) for all age groups compared with 0.7% for England, 2015/16.

Clinical management

362 (84.7%) in Central Bedfordshire and 565 (82.1%) in Bedfordshire CCG of the patients with heart failure from left ventricular systolic dysfunction treated with ACE-1/ARB, 2014/15, see Figure 7.  Central Bedfordshire’s results were lower than the average Best 5 of 10 similar CCGs.

Figure 7: Heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction treated with ACE-1/ARB, 2014/15

Figure 7: Heart failure patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction treated with ACE-1/ARB, 2014/15. Source: QOF, 2014/15, Commissioning for Value, May 2016

In 2014/15 the admission rate for heart failure, p5 for all persons, in NHS Bedfordshire CCG was 140.9 per 100,000 (529 admissions).


Last updated Wednesday, 1st November 2017