PHE Takes Action to Prevent CVD

Launch of ‘Action on cardiovascular disease'


Cardiovascular disease: getting serious about prevention

The publication brings together Public Health England’s (PHE’s) broad-ranging work in addressing cardiovascular disease, the second leading cause of premature death and ill health. PHE set out the main programmes already underway and the next steps in tackling cardiovascular disease going forward.

The publication is intended for those involved in the commissioning and provision of services for cardiovascular disease and its prevention, including:

  • clinicians
  • local authorities
  • service commissioners
  • public health specialists
  • the third sector
  • PHE staff

Please click here to view the publication, which highlights the work done by PHE and partners, and makes the case for the steps to be taken around prevention in the future.

Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of Blood Pressure UK says:

“We are delighted to see Public Health England have launched this action plan to prevent cardiovascular disease, as it causes one in four premature deaths in the UK. 

“The important thing now, is to put his plan into action and find the 5 million people that are walking around unaware they have high blood pressure, which causes strokes and heart attacks. Knowing your blood pressure numbers could save your life.

Katharine Jenner, CEO of Blood Pressure UK says:

“You can take action yourself to lower your blood pressure, by eating less salt, more fruit and vegetables, taking more exercise and being a healthy weight.  Even a small, 10 mmHg, reduction in systolic blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of major cardiovascular disease events; by 20% for Coronary Heart Disease, 27% for stroke, and 28% for heart failure, so anything you can do to lower your blood pressure will lower your risk.

“Salt reduction is highlighted as a great opportunity for preventing cardiovascular disease, as such; food manufactures have a major part to play and need to reduce the amount of salt they add to our foods, which is the main contributor to salt intake”.