According to new statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), an estimated 115,000 cases of heart and circulatory disease could be prevented over the next decade in England with improvement in detection and management of high blood pressure.
Several developed countries including Canada, the United States and Sweden are substantially ahead of England in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. England has witnessed a stall in the progress made in reducing early cardiovascular mortality in the past few years.
In its 5-point action plan for the NHS titled 'Turning Back the Tide on Heart and Circulatory Diseases', BHF suggests that if England could achieve the same rates for diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure in 10 years as that of Canada, an additional 11,500 heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular conditions could be potentially prevented. The plan also calls for improvement in the uptake of cardiac rehabilitation which can potentially save 20,000 lives and prevent 50,000 admissions over the next 10 years. It also highlights how improved heart failure care could benefit health services.
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of BHF, said: "Unless we radically change our approach, progress made in recent years could reverse the gains made over recent decades, and thousands of lives could be lost prematurely."