British Heart Foundation Cymru is looking forward to working closely with the Welsh Government to implement its refreshed Heart Conditions Delivery Plan which is published today.
The updated plan calls for more work to tackle risk factors such as smoking, drinking and obesity among hard-to-reach groups. More follow-up treatment and quicker help for those having heart attacks outside hospital is also recommended.
Produced in partnership with BHF Cymru and the All Wales Cardiac Network, the latest report is the result of the inclusive approach undertaken by the Welsh Government, clinicians and the third sector in Wales.
'Delighted at the renewed commitment’
Ruth Coombs, Head of BHF Cymru, said: “We are delighted at the renewed commitment from the Welsh Government to those with and those at risk of a heart condition in Wales and we look forward to continuing our work together to implement this plan and measure its outcomes”.
“We are particularly encouraged by the Welsh Government’s whole of life course approach to cardiac care to include children and young people, which is emphasised here.
“There is still a lot of work that remains to be done and investment in research into the treatment of cardiovascular conditions must remain a priority in Wales.
“We also know from our work in Wales that prompt, timely access to cardiac rehabilitation for heart failure patients is vital and that more patients must be able to access these services”.
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Each month in Wales, 750 people lose their lives to heart and circulatory disease – with 200 of these under-75 years of age.
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The BHF is committed to funding half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Currently £6.8 million is being spent on life saving research in Wales with 23 BHF-funded research projects currently investigating heart and circulatory disease.