Heart failure team gets international recognition

A SPECIALIST team who treat patients with heart failure have had international recognition for a clinical audit they were involved in.

The heart failure service at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust presented their work to the European Heart Failure Society.

The team investigated how many patients with severe heart failure (left ventricular systolic dysfunction), once maximised on the highest doses of medication tolerated, were informed that the function of their heart muscle had improved.

This research revealed that a modern, integrated heart failure service which includes person centred care, education and support increases the prevalence of left ventricular improvement.

Trudy Hunt, heart failure specialist nurse, said: “The heart failure service has developed significantly over 14 years and patients receive evidence based care that reaches beyond current guidance.

“With the introduction of repeating a scan after high doses of medication are achieved, the team can see all the hard work is worth it, especially for the patient.

“On behalf of the heart failure specialist nurses we would like to thank Dr Lim and Dr Dewhurst for the opportunity to be involved in this audit. It really was a team effort.”

Pictured are, left to right: Heart failure specialist nurses Andy Baker, Lisa Jenkins, Trudy Hunt, Karen Hann and Lynette Hardy.

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