Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Heart failure risk four times higher if you are poorer

Date:
January 25, 2011
Source:
University of Leicester
Summary:
Heart failure diagnosis is four times higher in the most economically disadvantaged communities and twice as high among South Asians a new study.

Heart failure diagnosis is four times higher in the most economically disadvantaged communities and twice as high among South Asians a new study at the University of Leicester has found.

The doctoral research 'Failing Hearts -- does race matter? Epidemiology of heart failure in a multi-ethnic population' by Dr Hanna Blackledge, in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester, is the first to examine the situation in different ethnic and socio-economic communities and reveals gaps in cardiovascular health in these communities.

The study's results demonstrate a three-fold increase of hospitalisation for heart failure over the last two decades in the population -- with the more disadvantaged population experiencing a higher burden of disease and mortality.

Heart failure is a final stage of many cardiovascular diseases and once diagnosed patients' survival chances are poor, with 40% of patients dying within one year.

With ever increasing concern for population's health, the study emphasises the importance of effective heart failure diagnosis and treatment for population's health and quantifies risks linked to deprivation and ethnicity. The published results informed the development of epidemiological aspects of both local and international guidelines on heart failure management in the last decade.

A specialist in public health, Dr Blackledge commented: "This was the first comprehensive study of heart failure outcomes based on long-term observation of an unselected population. It was also the first study looking in detail at burden of heart failure and its risk factors in South Asian populations resident in the UK."

Her academic supervisor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine Iain Squire added: "Hanna's research makes an important contribution to what we know about heart failure in a typical Western, industrialised society. In addition to demonstrating the overall magnitude of this increasingly important public health issue, the research shows the burden of illness in specific groups in our population, in particular ethnic minority, or socioeconomically deprived patients. Public Health policy and health service provision will be informed and guided by Dr Blackledge's work."

To improve the situation it is crucial to address the issue now, says Dr Blackledge: "By the year 2030 there will be 50% more elderly people in the population and the importance of these conditions and scope for preventing them will rise even further."

Despite such inequality between different communities, timely diagnosis and treatment balance out differences in the survival, the main predictors of mortality becoming an age and stage at presentation not ethnicity or deprivation.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Leicester. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Leicester. "Heart failure risk four times higher if you are poorer." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 January 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125084411.htm>.
University of Leicester. (2011, January 25). Heart failure risk four times higher if you are poorer. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125084411.htm
University of Leicester. "Heart failure risk four times higher if you are poorer." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125084411.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Friday, August 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

House Republicans Vote to Sue Obama Over Healthcare Law

House Republicans Vote to Sue Obama Over Healthcare Law

Reuters - US Online Video (July 31, 2014) The Republican-led House of Representatives votes to sue President Obama, accusing him of overstepping his executive authority in making changes to the Affordable Care Act. Mana Rabiee reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Despite Health Questions, E-Cigs Are Beneficial: Study

Despite Health Questions, E-Cigs Are Beneficial: Study

Newsy (July 31, 2014) Citing 81 previous studies, new research out of London suggests the benefits of smoking e-cigarettes instead of regular ones outweighs the risks. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida

Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida

AP (July 31, 2014) Sarasota County, Florida health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after a dangerous bacteria killed one person and made another sick. (July 31) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 30, 2014) Obamacare-related costs were said to be behind the profit plunge at Wellpoint and Humana, but Wellpoint sees the new exchanges boosting its earnings for the full year. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins