Ambitious targets for ABC

A new coalition led by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England has announced national ambitions to improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (the A-B-C conditions).

The National CVD Prevention System Leadership Forum is made up of over 40 member organisations covering government, NHS England, other arm’s length bodies, the third sector, Royal Colleges, clinicians and academia.

By 2029, the aim is to:

  • increase the number of people diagnosed and treated with high blood pressure from just over half (57%) to four in five (80%)
  • to ensure three quarters (75%) of 40 to 74-year-olds have received a formal cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk check and have had their cholesterol levels recorded (currently fewer than half of those eligible for a formal check have received one)
  • 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

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, PHE, says: ‘cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death and disability in England, causing a death every four minutes. Achieving these national ambitions would help meet the long term plan target to prevent 150 000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia within a decade.’

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