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Raising awareness of heart failure in emergency and acute care settings

24 October 2014

GenevaDelaying hospital treatment by as little as 4–6 hours after symptoms of heart failure appear can increase the risk of death. Patients with severe symptoms are routinely assessed by emergency doctors; to raise awareness among this audience, illustrations from the policy report Improving care for patients with acute heart failure were used at the European Society for Emergency Medicine congress, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in early October 2014. The materials were displayed in interactive educational panels at the Novartis Pharma AG booth, and downloads of the materials were also available to Congress delegates upon request. The same approach was used to reach cardiology specialists at the European Society of Cardiology’s Acute Cardiovascular Care congress, 18–20 October 2014, Geneva, Switzerland.

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