Thousands of patients are at a reduced risk of having cardiovascular disease, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke, as a result of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project we are delivering with the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WYH HCP).
In West Yorkshire and Harrogate alone, more than 600,000 people are affected by high blood pressure (hypertension) – a leading cause of heart disease and stroke – whilst over 60,000 people have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and more than 49,000 people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke (TIA).
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts is a three-year initiative that focuses on three specific risk factors that can cause cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure (hypertension), cholesterol and diabetes.
Since the beginning of the project:
- More than 10,000 new patients have been added to the hypertension register
- Nearly 17,500 patients have their hypertension better controlled to safe limits below 140/90
- Because of this, over the next 5 years, an estimated 350 people will avoid a heart attack or stroke.
- More than 2,500 patients have now switched to a stronger statin that can better control their cholesterol.
- More than 2,000 patients have been identified at risk of cardiovascular disease as their cholesterol is too high and have been offered a statin.
- This means that nearly 500 patients could avoid a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project supports the WYH HCP’s ambition to reduce cardiovascular disease by over 10% across the region. This will prevent an estimated 350 strokes and 800 heart attacks bringing savings to the health and care economy of over £12 million.
The initiative aims to improve care by making better use of existing primary care resources and maximising clinical engagement. It draws significantly on learning from Bradford’s successful Healthy Hearts campaign.
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The AHSN has undertaken this project with rigour and vigour and is a key reason for the project’s success to date and ensuring our continued success. The AHSN has shown strong and effective programme management skills; has identified, built and maintain relationships with key stakeholders; and has provided essential support to the many clinicians engaged in this work – including enthusing them when challenges have occurred.