British Society for Heart Failure (BSH)
Heart failure is a debilitating syndrome with a mortality rate similar to that for some cancers. In addition it is often misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed, and many heart failure patients, who are often elderly, also suffer with other complicating co-morbidities.
In response to the issues that the management of heart failure presents, the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) was founded in 1998. It is a charity and its aims are as follows:
- to increase knowledge and promote research about the diagnosis, causes, management and consequences of heart failure amongst healthcare professionals, with the intention of delaying or preventing the onset of heart failure and improving care for patients with heart failure
- to provide expert advice to healthcare professionals, patient or government organisations, including the National Health Service, when appropriate and as requested.
The BSH has a multi-disciplinary membership with over 1,300 members including cardiologists, nurses (community, primary and secondary care), GPs, geriatricians, surgeons, scientists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, trainees in internal medicine and other healthcare professionals involved with the diagnosis, treatment and management of heart failure, and research in this area.