1,000,000

people across the UK have heart failure.

200,000

people are newly diagnosed every year.

It is important to point out that each of these symptoms is not unique to heart failure and can be caused by other conditions e.g. COPD and Chronic Kidney Disease, however if you have a combination of the common symptoms we would suggest you go to your GP surgery to point these out as there is a simple blood test called an NT-ProBNP that can help to diagnose heart failure.

We Can Diagnose Heart Failure

Heart failure can be diagnosed with a simple blood test at your GP surgery.

Heart Failure is Treatable

The quicker heart failure is diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin and patients quality of life and prognosis can be improved.

Common symptoms of heart failure are often confused with other conditions meaning that people can be misdiagnosed. Our report in 2020, “Heart Failure: The Hidden Cost of Late Diagnosis” highlighted some of the most common heart failure misdiagnoses. Read the full report here.

Female patients are

96%

more likely to be misdiagnosed than men.


32.5%

of patients were given the wrong diagnosis by a medical professional.


43.9%

of patients aged under 45 received an incorrect diagnosis.


Due to the common misdiagnosis of heart failure it is critical that if you are experiencing the common symptoms you present them to your GP surgery.

What is the BEAT Methodology?

GP Dr Clare Taylor and NIHR Academic Clinical Researcher, Oxford University, Consultant Cardiologist Dr Dargoi Satchi with a specialist interest in Heart Failure and the Pumping Marvellous Foundation created a simple, memorable and relevant acronym that perfectly described one of the critical challenges patients had pre or post-diagnosis. The BEAT methodology stands for Breathlessness, Exhausted, Ankle swelling, Time to tell your GP surgery or Time for a simple blood test, depending on who we are talking to.

How is the BEAT Methodology Used?

Pre-diagnosis it is vital as it describes the key symptoms of heart failure and action of informing your GP or nurse that maybe they should test for heart failure. Post-diagnosis, the acronym also describes the key symptoms of decompensating heart failure. This is important when a patient manages their heart failure because it is essential to inform their doctor or nurse if their symptoms worsen.

What is the Goal of the BEAT Campaign?

The BEAT methodology came off the back of patient needs. Its adoption is increasing both across the medical profession and among patients. Our overall ambition is for BEAT to be recognised by all, just like FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time) is for stroke. It puts a spotlight on the appropriate stakeholders to think could it be heart failure and, therefore should I test. Testing is the backbone to better outcomes for patients.

The BEAT methodology is supported by patients, heart failure specialists, primary care doctors, and nurses because it is simple and understandable. Recently, the NHS ran a national disease awareness campaign surrounding heart attacks in England. We partnered with them on this campaign, where the BEAT methodology was adopted and recognised by the NHS.

What is the Goal of the BEAT Campaign?

The campaign covers the main areas of concern for the charity:

  • Pre-diagnosis awareness of heart failure
  • Diagnosis of heart failure
  • Getting to the specialist heart failure team
  • Treatments and care
  • Self-management, managing heart failure at home

Head over to our Community Hub to access all of our free heart failure resources including support guides, benefits assistance, and an interactive chatbot to answer your heart failure questions.

If you have heart failure or are a carer for someone who does you can join our private Facebook community with thousands of other people who all live with heart failure and provide peer-to-peer support.

Click on any of the resources below to find out more about heart failure and the people who live with it.