Westminster primary care trust introduces programme to prevent heart disease

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b377
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    The health minister Ara Darzi has unveiled an innovative community based programme to prevent cardiovascular disease, which he hopes will be replicated throughout the United Kingdom.

    The programme, called Healthy Hearts and Minds is the most comprehensive cardiovascular disease prevention programme in England, according to the commissioning body, NHS Westminster, and will cost it about £7m (€8m;$10m) over three years.

    The trust says that the programme offers unique benefits, by saving lives, saving money by preventing expensive hospitalisation, and tackling health inequities.

    The programme includes three initiatives—checks to assess vascular risk to be carried out at general practices and extended to pharmacies from April; a programme to prevent vascular disease; and a new community …

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