Heart Failure is a condition where the heart doesn’t pump blood to the body, the way that it should. This causes symptoms that significantly affect a person’s quality of life, including fatigue, lack of energy, shortness of breath and swelling of the legs.
New guidelines show many people with heart failure have iron levels that are lower than normal. They have found an iron infusion to boost these levels improves energy levels, reduces fatigue, improves shortness of breath and overall quality of life, as well as reducing hospital admissions relating to heart failure.
Oral iron is not adequately absorbed in people with heart failure, so guidelines recommend an iron infusion if you have low iron and a particular type of heart failure called ‘heart failure reduced ejection fraction’ or HFrEF).
Our team is reaching out to all of our patients with a diagnosis of HFrEF who either have:
- Low iron levels shown on a blood test in the past 3 months, to arrange a follow up appointment with their GP
- No iron test on file in the past 12 months, to arrange an iron test by telehealth with their GP, in the first instance
Our team is committed to staying up to date with new guidelines as they emerge and especially as it relates to improving the health care and quality of life for people who call QMSC their home practice.