Anticoagulation UK

14 August 2017

War on heart deaths

Millions to be offered tests for 'silent killer' trio of high blood pressure, cholesterol and irregular heartbeats after one in nine Britons go undiagnosed

  • Millions of people will be offered checks at GP surgeries to prevent heart disease
  • The move will increase the detection of high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Seven million adults are thought to be at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes

Millions are to be offered checks at GP surgeries and pharmacies in an NHS drive to prevent heart disease and early deaths.

The strategy aims to raise dramatically the detection of 'silent killer' conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and irregular heartbeats.

Seven million adults in the UK are thought to have at least one of these disorders that has never been diagnosed or treated – leaving them at higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, dementia or sudden death.

Now, NHS England has ordered local health authorities to ensure they identify those at risk and get them the correct treatment, which may include statins.