Medication can be prescribed to treat and prevent
cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Since the 1980s there has been a rapid increase in the number of
prescriptions. In 2011, around 347 million prescriptions were
issued for CVD in the UK. For England the latest figures are over
five times higher than in 1986.
Since 1990, the number of prescriptions for antiplatelet drugs
has increased steadily, and in 2011 there were nearly 46 million
prescriptions for antiplatelet drugs in the UK. The number of
prescriptions for lipid-lowering drugs is more than fifteen times
higher than a decade ago.
More statisics can be found in our publication
Coronary Heart Disease Statistics 2012
Prescriptions used in CVD prevention and treatment, England
1981-2011 Table 3.1 -
Prescriptions used in CVD prevention and treatment, by
country, UK country 2011 Table 3.2
Prescription of aspirins, beta blockers and statins after hospital
admission for myocardial infarction, by ethnic group,
2008, England and Wales