Heart Failure awareness survey: Great Britain 

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

This data relates to those who were questioned in Great Britain

Question 1: Describing heart failure

Which of the below descriptions do you believe best describes heart failure? Please select only one option.

  • When the heart is starved of blood and oxygen, usually by a clot, which stops blood flowing to parts of the body (atherosclerosis)
  • A pain or discomfort in the chest, sometimes spreading to the arm, neck, stomach or jaw (heart attack)
  • When a blockage in the blood vessels causes the heart muscles to die and limits blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body (stroke)
  • When the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body (heart failure)
  • When the heart’s electrical system causes the heart to stop beating (arrythmia)
  • When the heart suddenly stops working (cardiac arrest)


i   16% (163 out of 1000) confuse a heart attack with heart failure

ii     Almost 8 in 10 (79%) people could not correctly describe heart failure

iii     Only 21% could correctly identify the true definition for heart failure, a serious condition when the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body

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