Hospital admissions for heart failure have risen by a third over the past five years to reach a record high, figures show.
An ageing population and more patients surviving heart attacks are thought to be behind the 33 per cent increase.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that there were 86,474 heart failure admissions in England in 2018-19, up from 65,025 in 2014-15. In the same period, overall admissions to hospital increased by 11 per cent.
The charity said that there was “poor access to heart failure support” in many local communities. “It’s concerning to see yet another increase in hospital admissions — an indication that how we diagnose, treat and care for these patients needs urgent attention,” said Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, the BHF’s medical…