Fifth of care home residents may have undiagnosed heart failure

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ONE in five elderly people living in care homes may be living with undiagnosed heart failure, according to research.

The investigation, led by Durham University, diagnosed heart failure in almost a quarter of the residents within the study, with the vast majority of these cases previously undiagnosed.

It also found that three quarters of previously recorded cases of heart failure were misdiagnosed.

The study is published in the European Journal of Heart Failure, and the scientists say early accurate diagnosis of different types of heart failure is key to effective management of the condition, which may be failing in long-term care facilities.