Heart failure - of specified severity

Here you'll find our current definition of the critical illness, additional condition or child specific condition we cover. We've also listed any previous definitions we may have had. With each new definition we've highlighted what's changed from the previous definition.

Current definition

December 2018

Heart failure - of specified severity

A definite diagnosis by a consultant cardiologist of failure of the heart to function as a pump.

There must be evidence of the following:

  • permanent and irreversible limitation of function to at least Class III of the New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification; and
  • permanent and irreversible ejection fraction of 39% or less.

Previous definitions

No previous entries for this condition