Clinical guidelines for heart failure exist, however many people with heart failure still do not get the right treatment,1 even in hospital.
Evidence has shown that patients who receive input from a cardiologist2 are given evidence-based treatment to help stabilise their condition and are discharged from hospital with a clear discharge and follow up plan3.These patients have a lower risk of being re-admitted to hospital or of dying within one year.4
Heart failure is a long-term condition. A key care goal must therefore be to help patients engage in their care and maintain as good a quality of life as possible over the course of their condition. To do this, patients need a personalised care plan tailored to their individual needs.