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Accelerating progress on cardiovascular disease

The King's Fund, London, W1G 0AN
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity, disability and mortality in England and a significant driver of health inequalities. It disproportionately affects people in deprived and ethnic minority communities and accounts for one-fifth of the gap in life expectancy between most and least deprived areas.

The King’s Fund report, Cardiovascular disease in England, highlights the need to prevent and manage CVD. CVD accounts for one in four of all deaths in England. The yearly health care costs related to CVD are estimated at £7.4 billion with an annual cost to the wider economy of £15.8 billion. At a time when the NHS and social care workforce and finances are facing unprecedented and rising pressures, urgent comprehensive action across the public health, health and care sectors is needed to significantly reduce the adverse health impacts of CVD and associated workloads and costs. 

Leaders and experts from across the NHS and its partners joined together to discuss how best to prioritise and deliver services to reduce the prevalence of CVD and its risk factors across the population, and to improve early detection, management and treatment of CVD and its risk factors.

Event topics

The event will explore a number of issues:  

  • the impact of CVD on morbidity, disability and mortality, and CVD as a major cause of health inequalities 

  • the impact of CVD on costs for health and care services and the economy 

  • how integrated care systems and cardiac networks can work with public health, primary care, acute and tertiary care services, the private sector, voluntary and community services for prevention, early diagnosis and secondary prevention 

  • how clinical leadership and empowerment in primary care can strengthen action on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and management of care for people with CVD and co-morbidities 

  • how engaging and mobilising the voluntary and community sector can support prevention and diagnosis in deprived and ethnically diverse communities.



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    Steve Brine MP

    Chair, Health and Social Care Committee
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    Professor Maggie Rae

    President, Epidemiological and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine
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    Professor Simon Ray

    Consultant Cardiologist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
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    Julie Billet

    Deputy Regional Director for London, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

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