Cardiovascular prevalence data shows areas of need

Primary care organisations (PCOs) need to use the latest GMS prevalence data on CHD, hypertension and stroke to tailor cardiovascular services for their local population, say experts.

Dr Rubin Minhas, CHD lead
Dr Rubin Minhas, CHD lead

The data could help identify which areas need to apply standards from the NSF for CHD, said Kent GP Dr Rubin Minhas, CHD lead for Medway PCT.

'The key thing is that when national priorities are applied they need to be sensitive to local needs,' said Dr Minhas.

Data from the quality framework 2005/6 shows that for all three disease areas Wales, Scotland and northeast England generally have the highest rates of prevalence.

For hypertension, more than a quarter of the population are affected in areas of highest prevalence compared with less than 10 per cent in southeast England, where prevalence is lowest.

In areas with the highest CHD prevalence, 8.5 per cent of practice populations are affected, compared with 2.2 per cent in low prevalence areas.

'The correlation between CHD and deprivation is a strong one,' said Dr Minhas. 'More affluent areas have lower prevalence of CHD.'

RCGP vice-chairman Dr Graham Archard said people living in areas of low socioeconomic status are more likely to smoke and make unhealthy lifestyle choices.  

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