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European public are unaware of heart failure symptoms

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7516.535 (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:535
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Only 3% of nearly 8000 randomly selected people from nine European countries could identify heart failure from a description of typical symptoms. This is despite 6% of people claiming that someone in their family had had the condition, an international survey of public awareness published in the European Heart Journal online on 31 August has found (http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/, doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehi447).

    The lead author, Willem Remme, professor of medicine and director of the Sticares Cardiovascular Research Institute, Rhoon, in the Netherlands, described that the low awareness as “shocking” and “putting lives …

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