Telford Healthy Hearts campaign aims to reduce the risk of
stroke and heart attack for people at risk
Did you know that in Telford & Wrekin CCG, there are an estimated number of 43513 people with high blood pressure, with only 25213 diagnosed? That is a massive 18300 people undiagnosed.
(Data source: Diagnosed - QOF: 2016/17 Estimated - NCVIN: 2017)
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. Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with local GPs, hospital specialists and the wider NHS to identify ways to help.
Together, we CAN beat heart disease and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack
Our 12 month programme launches on 14th February 2019 and will target:
- Vascular disease – including patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease;
- Managing atrial fibrillation (AF) (an abnormal heart rhythm that vastly increases the risk of stroke) – through anticoagulation;
- Heart failure - a condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure. It usually occurs because the heart muscle has become too weak or stiff to work properly.
- Prevention, focussing on hypertension (high blood pressure).
During February and March, if your GP identifies you would benefit from medication changes, you will receive a letter. The letter will either:
- Prescribe you a statin (medication)
- Increase your current dosage
- Change your current statin medication to ‘atorvastatin’ which is more effective.