The CVD Challenge in the UK

Our new series, The CVD challenge, describes how we can tackle medical risk factors for CVD to save lives and reduce NHS pressures in each of the four UK nations by working with our partners in government, the NHS and the third sector.

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The burden of CVD continues today.

Around 7 million people in the UK live with the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Millions more have undetected medical risk factors.

CVD remains one of the biggest causes of death and disability in the UK, costing health services billions of pounds each year.

And despite significant successes in reducing CVD mortality, it remains a major contributor to premature death and health inequality.

But it doesn’t need to be like this.

Working with health system leaders and governments, together we can tackle undetected hypertension, atrial fibrillation and high cholesterol, to reduce the impact of stroke and heart attack.

We can improve the quality of care for patients with diagnosed conditions to reduce their risk.

And we can improve patient outcomes by delivering innovative services.

Together, let us change tomorrow.


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