Calls for Government to address Cardiovascular Disease


Cardiovascular disease inequalities must be addressed by Government says HEART UK.

Two thirds of adults in the UK have raised cholesterol. Over 120,000 people in Britain have a form of inherited high cholesterol called Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) which can cause premature death in those as young as 30 – and only 15% of those with the condition are known.

HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity - has released a report which identifies inequalities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevalence along regional, ethnic and socio-economic lines and is urging the Government and newly-formed health authorities to finally ensure that everyone in the UK receives a good standard of care.

The HEART UK report, Bridging the gaps: Tackling inequalities in cardiovascular disease, makes a number of recommendations which it will be presenting to the Government and new health bodies.

HEART UK Chief Executive Jules Payne said: "It is a scandal that in the 21st Century we are still discussing such pronounced inequalities in the level of cardiovascular disease. Where you live or how much you earn should not affect your risk of cardiovascular disease. By ensuring better prevention programmes and risk factor management, we can reduce hospital admissions, cut premature deaths from cardiovascular disease, cut spiralling costs to the NHS and society, not to mention eases the impact on families".

The full report can be read here:

It should however be remembered that CVD deaths have declined overall in the UK, but that there are still a number of unnecessary deaths caused by negligent mismanagement of CVD.

It may be that there is a failure to carry out a thorough examination and to take a detailed history, resulting in a failure to identify, diagnose and treat the disease at all. Alternatively, there may be a delay in the provision of surgery.

Any such failure could result in the condition worsening considerably and ultimately result in an unavoidable death.

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