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Prevention of heart disease requires professionals to go out into communities
Date:3/21/2013

Deprivation represents the "elephant in the room" with regard to cardiovascular disease (CVD), and health care professionals have an important role to play in tackling the problem, delegates heard at a special plenary session opening the EuroHeart Care Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, 22 March to 23 March 2013. The session heard how Scotland, a country considered to have the highest rates of heart disease in Western Europe, has recently taken action to address the CVD health inequalities that exist between affluent and deprived communities.

Mr Michael Matheson, the Public Health Minister in the Scottish Government, told the meeting, "We are continuing to make significant cuts in the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke, with an 8.1% drop in deaths from coronary heart disease between 2010 and 2011. I am also pleased that we're cutting coronary heart disease mortality rates fastest in the most deprived areas, which is vital if we are to successfully improve health equality in Scotland." Recent statistics show that between 2002 and 2011, reduction in the age-sex standardised mortality rate for CHD among the most deprived category was 38.7%, compared with 25.1% in the least deprived category.

"There is however more to do. For example, more people are surviving heart attacks and living with heart disease, so they need access to high quality rehabilitation and support. Our Heart Disease and Stroke Action Plan focuses not just on providing the best possible care, but in helping people's longer-term recovery in their own communities. Future improvements will largely depend on people's lifestyles eating better, being more active, stopping smoking and drinking sensibly and we are also taking firm action in all these areas to support people to live healthier lives," said Mr Matheson.

Scotland targets deprived areas for health checks

Dr Barry Vallance, the lead clinician for Heart Disease in Scotland, stressed there was no room for c
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Contact: Jacqueline Partarrieu
press@escardio.org
33-492-947-756
European Society of Cardiology
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