New government drive launched to prevent heart attacks and strokes

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A new drive to save thousands of people from heart attacks and strokes has been launched by the government.

The NHS is partnering with Public Health England to call on sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) to take coordinated action to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions at a time when cardiovascular disease remains the UK's biggest killer.

β€œThe NHS and Public Health England have launched a new drive to prevent heart attacks and strokes.β€œ

STPs will be urged to foster partnerships that support widespread implementation of initiatives such as healthy workforce schemes, active transport plans, the Active 10 app, and smoking cessation programmes, as well as rolling out the NHS Right Care CVD Prevention Programme across a much wider area.

NHS Right Care is designed to help GPs and local areas to ensure more patients are treated properly by introducing more testing and treatment in pharmacies, increasing uptake of NHS digital tools, encouraging more self-monitoring and facilitating access to blood pressure testing.

Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director of NHS England, said: "Closer working between NHS organisations and local authorities will create new opportunities to get serious about prevention and bear down on two of the biggest killers, between them responsible for one in four premature deaths."

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