Ambitions to better detect and treat cardiovascular disease

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have outlined a number of ambitions to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) through improved detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (A-B-C).

Detecting and treating these conditions can prevent or delay the onset of CVD, but they often carry no symptoms meaning millions are unaware they are at risk.

By 2029, PHE and NHS England want to detect and treat millions more people living with high blood pressure who are currently undiagnosed and ensure three quarters (75%) of 40- to 74-year-olds have received a formal CVD risk check and have had their cholesterol levels recorded.

They also want to increase from 35% to 45% the proportion of 40 to 74 year olds at high risk of developing CVD who are treated with statins.

The A-B-C conditions can be detected through routine checks across community and healthcare settings. The ambitions include recommendations for decision makers and frontline professionals on getting more people checked and best practice for identifying and treating those already at risk. People aged between 40 and 74 are also being urged to get their free NHS Health Check, which helps detect the early warning signs of CVD.

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