Current approaches are failing people at risk of heart disease, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2701
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The United Kingdom risks slipping further behind other European countries in tackling cardiovascular disease unless preventive and primary care approaches are radically improved, a conference has heard.

Doctors and charity leaders warned that falling mortality rates over recent years could be reversed without better targeted and coordinated strategies in the community and general practice.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the largest causes of death and disability in the UK. Experts at a seminar held in London on 23 April by the Westminster Health Forum discussed what needed to be done to improve outcomes of the disease, commissioning of services, and patients’ experiences.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said that the NHS had seen important progress in prevention and treatment …

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