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Coronary Heart Disease
The scale of the problem
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in the UK - there were 216,000 deaths in 2004 - 4 out of every 10 deaths in the UK. About half of all deaths from CVD are from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and about a quarter are from Stroke. CHD in England effects about 7.4% of men and 4.5% in women. Prevalence rates increase with age, with around 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women aged 75 years and above living with CHD.

Overall we estimate that there are just under 1.5 million men living in the UK who have had CHD (either angina or heart attack) and about 1.1 million women, giving a total of around 2.6 million

With the increasing rates of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes we have to be concerned and take action now!

Have a look at the Facts and figures from the British Heart Foundation - Download a summary of the BHF's 2006 Coronary Heart Statistics (pdf format) and Statistics for Health professionals - More Information
What about Cholesterol?
The average total cholesterol level in the UK is 5.7 More Information

The current Joint British Guidelines state that everybody’s total cholesterol level should be 5 or below. If however you have been told that you at a higher risk it should be 4 or below.
As total cholesterol level rises so does the risk of heart attack.
A level above 6 mmol/litre is regarded as high, and is a risk factor for arterial disease.
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What about High Blood pressure (Guidelines for patients)
Your doctor will diagnose you as having high blood pressure - ( Hypertension) by following the recommendations in the chart below. -140/90 is the number to remember because a person you have high blood pressure if your systolic blood pressure is higher than 140mmHg or your diastolic blood pressure is higher than 90mmHg. It will only be confirmed after it has been checked on a number of occasions at different times - not just as a “one off”. A self recording accurate blood pressure monitor can also be used by you.

More information is available from British hypertension Society and for health professionals Guidelines for management of hypertension

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