Thousands of patients are at reduced risk of having a cardiovascular disease incident such as a heart attack or stroke as a result of the Healthy Hearts project we are delivering with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WYH HCP).
Since the beginning of the project:
- 3,500 additional patients are having their blood pressure controlled to less than 140/90
- an extra 3,800 patients have been added to hypertension registers
The Healthy Hearts project supports the WYH HCP’s ambition to reduce cardiovascular disease incidents by over 10% by 2021. This will prevent an estimated 350 strokes and 800 heart attacks bringing savings to the health and care economy of over £12 million.
The project 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.