General cardiac patient info

What is prevention?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes both heart attacks and strokes. It occurs when fatty deposits (atheroma) form on the inside of the arteries. CVD is largely preventable and people are more likely to develop CVD if they have certain risk factors.

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Little physical activity
  • Overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Close relatives with heart disease
  • Of South Asian descent

Managing and reducing modifiable risks will reduce or prevent the development of CVD.

Primary prevention is identifying people at high risk of developing CVD and offering them interventions to reduce that risk.

Secondary prevention is working with people who have already been diagnosed with CVD to prevent the progression of their disease and further complications.

Find out more about the SLCSN Prevention team and its activities.

Info from the BHF

The British Heart Foundation has a wealth of information on cardiovascular disease (CVD) on its Web site, including coronary heart disease (angina and heart attacks) and stroke:

  • What is cardiovascular disease?
  • What is coronary heart disease?
  • What is a stroke?
  • What causes cardiovascular disease?
  • What can I do if I am worried about developing cardiovascular disease?
  • How can I help prevent heart disease?
  • Can cardiovascular disease be treated?

Every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That's one person every five minutes.

--The Stroke Association

Note: The SLCSN is not responsible for external information.

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