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European public are unaware of heart failure symptoms

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (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 (, 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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