The Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, working with the Collaborative and local partners, has published a new Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) strategy that encourages an even more connected approach to reducing the harm caused by CVD.

The strategy also details how a new CVD Prevention Group will provide advice and oversight for partners across the subregion, as well as the governance to ensure that the recommendations made in the strategy are implemented as soon as possible.

This strategy – Advancing Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside – is being published at a time where CVD and the harm caused by it is having an impact on life expectancy and has resulted in people losing their lives much earlier than what is normally expected. However, changes to lifestyles and spotting issues like high blood pressure sooner could prevent around 1,500 heart attacks and strokes over the next three years alone.

Public health teams can support the strategy by working with local CVD Leads, engaging with Health and Wellbeing Boards, encouraging the use of NHS Health Checks, and advocating for increased local resources to tackle the harm caused by CVD.

For more information, contact Cheshire and Merseyside’s CVD Prevention Lead, James Boyes, by emailing [email protected]