This Valentine’s Day is being used to kick off an NHS campaign aimed at preventing broken hearts. But while the Telford Healthy Hearts campaign isn’t very romantic, it could really help improve the lives of many people in Telford & Wrekin.
As part of the campaign, over the next year, GPs will be identifying people who may need to start medicines or change their medicines to help reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
This will include patients who have or are at risk of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure.
Jacqui Seaton, Deputy Executive for Primary Care and Medicines Management said: “While the death rate in Telford & Wrekin has improved in recent years, too many people continue to have strokes and heart attacks that could be preventable.
“Those most at risk are smokers, people who drink excess alcohol, people who take little exercise or carry excess weight.
“We are working hard to try and help patients who are at risk by advising them on how they can make simple lifestyle changes so they reduce their chances of ever having heart disease or stroke.
I really would urge people who receive a letter as part of this campaign to open it, read it and take action on the advice as it really could save their life.”
Telford Healthy Hearts is a partnership between all 14 GP practices in Telford & Wrekin, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), hospital consultants who specialise in heart disease and stroke, nurses and pharmacies.
For more information visit www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/healthy-hearts
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