Mike Gapes MP is supporting the “Don’t Fail on Heart Failure” campaign,which was launched in Parliament on 18th June.
During the reception, Mike Gapes MP met patients and clinicians, before signing the Don’t Fail on Heart Failure pledge, committing to support patient access to treatments and technology that save lives. The full text of the pledge is below.
Immediately after the reception, the Heart Failure pledge was delivered to the Department of Health.
Untreated, heart failure has a survival rate similar to cancer - and over a third die within 1 year of diagnosis.
NICE is appraising availability of ICD and CRT-D devices in January.
Mike Gapes said: “As the local MP, I am determined to help heart failure patients in Ilford South get the treatment they need to live their lives. The implantable devices I saw today take people from constant fatigue back into work. The NHS needs to make sure these life-enhancing technologies are available for those who need them.”
The full text of the heart failure pledge is:
“Heart failure affects 3 in very hundred women and 4 in every hundred men. Untreated, over a third die within a year of diagnosis. The UK needs to do better on heart failure to improve outcomes for patients.
“We should not leave heart failure suffers waiting to die. More should be done to improve patients’ quality of lives; better manage their condition to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations and save the NHS money; and help mortality from heart failure.
“Many people with heart failure also suffer from abnormal rhythms in their heart which can prove fatal. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) jolt the heart back into its natural rhythm when it goes out of rhythm. Cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices (CRT-Ds) help pace the heart to enable it to pump blood more efficiently and include a defibrillation function, offering protection from sudden cardiac death.”
“We fully support efforts to raise awareness of heart failure and efforts to improve patient access to the latest cost effective medical technology for treating heart failure including ICDs and CRT-Ds.”