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The research, led by Keele University in collaboration with the universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, was based on patient data from nearly 400 general practices in Scotland – roughly a third of the county’s population.
The anonymised data, collected between 2000 and 2011, was used to compare survival rates for heart failure with those for the four most common types of cancer in men and the four most common types among women.
The study, published in the European Journal of Heart Failure, found five-year survival rates among female heart failure patients were 49.5% – much worse than the survival rate for breast cancer at 77.7%.
However, those with heart failure had a better chance of surviving past five years than women diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 51.5%, ovarian cancer at 38.2%, and lung cancer at 10.4%.
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