Heart czar urges early treatment

The DoH heart czar has reiterated the importance of tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD) early, as a report reveals that patients across the UK struggle to access cardiac services in secondary care.

The report, commissioned by the British Cardiovascular Society, found that the UK lags behind many European countries in providing access to cardiac interventions.

It looked at cardiac interventions such as angiography, revascularisation and the fitting of pacemakers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from 2000 to 2006.

Professor Roger Boyle, England's national director for heart disease and stroke, said the findings proved the value of the health check programme.

'Vascular risk assessment is becoming increasingly important. We need to get to people before they have cardiac events and offer interventions to adjust their risk.'

Professor Boyle added that GPs should be more proactive and target deprived populations who often fail to visit their GP.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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