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NHS plan includes improved cardiac services

Tuesday 8th January 2019
The new NHS plan will bring an increased focus on early intervention to beat heart disease.
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The new ten-year plan for the NHS in England will include a range of measures aimed at improving cardiac health. 

Not only will this include better outcomes for those who have heart disease, but also more work on prevention and early testing designed to ensure that patients are treated early to prevent health conditions reaching a serious stage. 

Examples of this include genetic testing for cholesterol, which will help identify who is at long-term risk unless they alter their diets.

It also pledges to use "cutting edge scans and technology", which may include new innovations in artificial intelligence, to give England the "best stroke care in Europe". This will include better services that an extra 100,000 people a year can access. 

The plan also includes putting 100,000 patients who have heart problems through programmes of healthy living and exercise every year. It is expected this will prevent around 23,000 deaths and 50,000 hospital admissions each year. 

This focus on improving people's cardiovascular health to prevent heart disease and strokes was welcomed by chief executive of the British Heart Foundation Simon Gillespie. 

He remarked: "The plan’s strong focus on improving prevention and detection of heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors has the potential to make a huge difference, ensuring that deaths rates fall further in the future. In addition, better care and support for people living with heart failure will significantly improve quality of life for many."

Mr Gillespie added that it is now "essential that work gets underway on making this transformational plan a reality".

The plan will be funded by the much-heralded new injection of cash, which will be worth £20 billion in real terms by 2023-24. 

Additional money will also go to the devolved administrations, with the Scottish and Welsh governments having the opportunity to draw up their own plans for the future of NHS services. 
 
Written by Matthew Horton

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