About heart failure
Heart failure is a condition where patients become breathless, tired and may have swollen legs due to problems with the pumping muscle of their heart. The most common underlying reason is coronary artery disease and previous heart attacks, though there are many other causes including genetic conditions that run through families.
Heart failure is one of the largest problems faced by the NHS, affecting just under a million people in the UK and accounting for about 2% of the NHS budget.
We have set up a comprehensive service for patients with heart failure which is simple for both patients and health professionals to access.