Heart Failure awareness survey: European comparisons 

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation
The Pumping Marvellous Foundation – the UK’s heart failure charity

TNS UK Limited, March 2014. 11,000 members of the public aged 50+ years old in Europe

Question 1: Describing heart failure

Largest number of respondents mistook heart attack for heart failure, 10 = Smallest number of respondents mistook heart attack for heart failure.

1 in 10 people from Italy mistook the condition heart failure for a heart attack, with this rising to 1 in 3 for respondents from Norway.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Norway 31
2 Switzerland 23
3 France 20
4 The Netherlands 19
5 Republic of Ireland 18
6 Great Britain 16
7 Germany 14
7 Sweden 14
8 Spain 13
9 Austria 12
10 Italy 11

 

Question 2 – Correct description of Heart Failure

Largest number of respondents able to identify correct description of heart failure, 10 = Smallest number of respondents able to identify the correct description of heart failure.

 On average, 43% of European respondents could correctly identify heart failure however this varied greatly. Awareness of the condition was highest in Austria, with two thirds of respondents able to correctly identify the condition. By comparison Great Britain fell 50% below the European average, with only 1 in 5 able to correctly identify the condition.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Austria 62
2 Sweden 61
3 Germany 59
4 Italy 53
4 Spain 53
5 Switzerland 43
6 The Netherlands 34
7 France 31
8 Norway 26
9 Republic of Ireland 25
10 Great Britain 21

 

 Question 3: Identifying 3 symptoms of heart failure

Largest number of respondents able to identify three common symptoms of heart failure, 6 = Smallest number of respondents able to identify three common symptoms of heart failure.

 People from Sweden were the most likely recognise the symptoms of heart failure, with almost 1 in 5 of respondents able to identify three common symptoms of the condition. Respondents from [Switzerland/Germany/Great Britain] however were least likely (5%) to able to recognise heart failure symptoms, with only 1 in 20 able to correctly identify three common symptoms.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Sweden 17
2 Spain 10
3 Italy 9
4 The Netherlands 8
4 Norway 8
5 Republic of Ireland 7
5 Austria 7
5 France 7
6 Great Britain 5
6 Germany 5
6 Switzerland 5

 

 Question 4: Identifying common causes of heart failure 

1 = Largest number of respondents able to identify three common causes of heart failure, 6 = Smallest number of respondents able to identify three common causes of heart failure.

 On average, fewer than 1 in 10 (8%) respondents were able to correctly identify three common causes of heart failure, with this dropping to 1 in 16 for respondents in Switzerland and Sweden. There were some exceptions however, with around 1 in 6 respondents from The Republic of Ireland able to identify the common causes.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Republic of Ireland 16
2 Great Britain 13
3 Italy 10
3 Austria 10
4 Norway 8
4 Spain 8
4 Germany 8
5 The Netherlands 7
5 France 7
6 Switzerland 6
6 Sweden 6

 

Question 5: How quickly respondents would seek medical advice for the symptoms of heart failure

1 = Largest number of respondents would wait a week or more to seek medical advice 7 = Smallest number of respondents would wait a week or more to seek medical advice.

Respondents from The Netherlands were the least likely to seek prompt medical advice when experiencing symptoms of heart failure, with almost 2 in 5 indicating they would wait for over a week or would not seek medical advice at all. By contrast, respondents from Italy were over twice as likely to seek earlier medical help, with only 17% indicating they would wait a week or more.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 The Netherlands 37
2 Sweden 27
3 Norway 25
3 Republic of Ireland 25
3 Great Britain 25
3 Germany 25
4 Austria 24
4 Switzerland 24
5 Spain 21
6 France 20
7 Italy 17

 

Question 6: Experience of heart failure

 1 = Largest number of respondents indicated they had/ knew someone with heart failure 10 = Smallest number of respondents indicated they had/ knew someone with heart failure.

 Respondents from The Republic of Ireland were the most likely to have, or to know someone suffering from heart failure, with almost 2/3 indicating they had a direct connection to the condition. By contrast, respondents from France were half as likely (1/3) to know someone with the condition or to have experience of heart failure themselves.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Republic of Ireland 64
2 Norway 63
3 Spain 46
4 The Netherlands 45
5 Switzerland 44
5 Great Britain 44
6 Italy 43
7 Sweden 42
8 Austria 38
9 Germany 36
10 France 33

 

 Question 7: Awareness of morbidity of heart failure

1 = Largest number of respondents correctly identified the lifetime risk, 9 = Smallest number of respondents correctly identified the lifetime risk.

General awareness of the risk of heart failure was low, with only 1 in 5 (22%) respondents from The Netherlands able to correctly identify their lifetime risk. By contrast, respondents from the Republic of Ireland were almost twice as likely (2 in 5) to correctly identify their risk of developing the condition.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Republic of Ireland 39
2 Great Britain 34
3 Norway 33
4 Spain 32
5 Germany 31
5 France 31
6 Austria 30
7 Switzerland 27
7 Italy 27
8 Sweden 26
9 The Netherlands 22

 

Question 9: Awareness of mortality rate for heart failure

1 = Largest number of respondents indicated they thought patients with HF lived longest, 10 = Smallest number of respondents indicated they thought patients with HF lived longest.

Awareness of the severity of heart failure varied greatly, with almost ¾ of Spanish respondents believing that patients with heart failure had better outcomes that those suffering from stroke, heart attack and advanced bowel or breast cancer. In reality, patients with heart failure on average die sooner that patients diagnosed with any of these conditions. By contrast, only 14% of British respondents thought patients with heart failure live the longest.

 

Ranking Country Percentage of respondents (%)
1 Spain 72
2 Switzerland 62
3 Italy 59
4 France 57
5 Sweden 54
6 Austria 53
6 Germany 53
7 The Netherlands 31
8 Norway 20
9 Republic of Ireland 16
10 Great Britain 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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