The first ever national ambitions to improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (A-B-C) – the major causes of cardiovascular disease – have been set out by Public Health England and NHS England.
Detecting and treating these conditions can prevent or delay the onset of CVD, but they often carry no symptoms meaning people are unaware they are at risk and need treatment.
Over 5 million people are currently living with high blood pressure undiagnosed in England. By 2029, the coalition wants:
The A-B-C conditions can be detected through routine checks across community and healthcare settings. People aged between 40 and 74 are being urged to get their free NHS Health Check, which helps detect the early warning signs of CVD.