The NHS has embarked on an ambitious programme of risk assessment for cardiovascular disease. Understanding individual risk factors will enable NHS trusts to design appropriate interventions to improve cardiovascular health, and help to tackle one of the UK’s most serious health problems.
The Social Market Foundation brought together a range of experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new cardiovascular disease screening programme. The discussion was led by Professor Roger Boyle, the National Director for Heart Disease. This report includes Professor Boyle’s remarks, and a thematic account of the ensuing discussion, including:
- The challenge of reducing inequalities
- The importance of targeting the right individuals
- Commissioning and providing risk assessment services
- Examples of successful intervention
This report has been produced with the kind support of Bristol-Myers Squibb and sanofi-aventis