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Heart failure patient care 'not good enough'

18th January 2011

According to researchers heart failure patients who are seen on specialist wards fare far better than those admitted to general wards.

The study of 6,00 patients in England and Wales discovered that patients were twice as likely to die if they were seen on a general ward. Co-author Professor John Cleland, Department of Cardiology, Hull York Medical School, said: "Currently, hospital provision of care is suboptimal and the outcome of patents poor. The same rules that apply to suspected cancer should pertain to a disease with such a malign prognosis as heart failure."

 

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