Part of: Ill Health and Disability

Related to: Ageing Population, Mental Health and Illness, Coronary Heart Disease, Wellbeing, End of Life Care, Hypertension, Major Causes of Mortality, Multiple Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviours, Healthy Weight, Palliative Care, Patient Experience,  Physical Activity

Key Facts:

  • There were 1,545 people in 2012/13 (financial year) registered as having experienced heart failure in GP practises in Bath and North East Somerset, a rate of 0.8% of the registered population.
  • There are 1,528 people on GP heart disease registers which is 0.77% of the registered population (national rate 0.73%)
  • Rates vary by GP practice from 0.4% to 2.1%.

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart has lost the ability to pump enough blood to the body's tissues. With too little blood being delivered, the organs and other tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Heart Failure is a terminal disease 1

What does the data say?

There were 1,545 people in 2012/13 (financial year) registered as having experienced heart failure in GP practises in Bath and North East Somerset, a rate of 0.8% of the registered population.* 2

The prevalence rate of heart failure has remained consistent locally and nationally between 2008/09 and 2012/13 (financial years). The prevalence of heart failure in B&NES has remained at 0.8% which is slightly higher than the national rate of 0.7%.* 3

 

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Figure 1: Heart Failure prevalence in B&NES and England GP registered populations (2008/09 – 2012/13 financial years) 4

Heart Failure due to LVD refers to left ventricular dysfunction. There were 862 people in 2012/13 (financial year) registered as having experienced heart failure due to LVD in GP practises in Bath and North East Somerset. 5

The prevalence rate of heart failure due to LVD in the GP registered populations have been very similar locally and nationally, and have remained consistent between 2008/09-2012/13 (financial years), at rates of 0.4-0.5%. In 2012/13 (financial year) the prevalence rate of heart failure due to LVD in both the B&NES and England GP registered population was 0.4%.* 6

*It is important to note that the above rates are based on the GP registered population of Bath and North East Somerset and so some of these people may not be residents of Bath North East Somerset. Nevertheless, the vast majority of people will be registered with a GP in their county of residence

For more up to date prevalence figures for heart failure recorded as part of the NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), see the Ill Health and Disability section. 

There is no data available on B&NES heart failure by age or gender although national data shows that rates increase with age and are higher in males than females 7

End of Life Care

There is some evidence that people with heart failure are less likely to die at home (normally the preferred place of death) than people with other conditions such as cancer.  Recent national evidence showed that only 6% of people dying of heart failure were referred to palliative care services at the end of their lives, although this is due in part to the difficulty of predicting when in the disease course death will occur. 8