Whilst 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.
NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with local GPs, hospital specialists and the wider NHS to identify ways to help.
Over the next year, as part of the Telford Healthy Hearts Campaign, GP’s will be working to identify any patients who are ‘at risk’ of 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.
The GP will send a letter to identified patients which will contain information and advice on the steps they can take to reduce their risk.
The GP may recommend that a patient starts taking medication, such as statins. If a patient is already taking medication to reduce their risk, the GP may increase the current dose or switch to another medication.
If you receive a letter from your GP make sure you open it and follow the advice – it could save your life.
There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat healthily
- Cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink
- Give up smoking
- Reduce your stress levels
All of these things will help improve the health of your heart and lower your blood pressure.