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Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 17.9 million deaths each year, 31% of all global deaths. Poor cardiovascular health can cause heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and the onset of vascular dementia. 

In 2016, 33,812 people under the age of 75 died from CVD, making this 1 of the largest causes of premature mortality. Morbidity is also a major issue for health and social care, with 6.8 million people living with cardiovascular conditions.

Yearly healthcare costs in England relating to CVD are estimated at £7.4 billion, with an annual cost to the wider economy of £15.8 billion. There is also significant variation in the incidence of CVD. For example, in 2016 to 2017 the premature (under 75 years) death rate for Manchester (140.7 per 100,000) was nearly 4 times higher than that for Mid Suffolk in the East of England (37.0 per 100,000).

The NHS Health Check - the five yearly health assessment - offers an opportunity for people aged 40-74 years old to assess their risk of cardiovascular disease and has the potential to prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes, 650 premature deaths, and over 4,000 new cases of diabetes. At least 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease could be detected earlier; allowing people to improve their quality of life.

Nearly 80,000 people in Rotherham aged 40-74 are eligible for a FREE NHS Health Check. Previously, you may have gone to your GP for your NHS Health Check but, Get Healthy Rotherham now provides the NHS Health Checks for free in Rotherham. 

If you think you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, get in touch with Get Healthy Rotherham today! You can call us on 01709 718720 (phone lines are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-2pm) or you can register online via www.gethealthyrotherham.co.uk

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-preventing-cardiovascular-disease/health-matters-preventing-cardiovascular-disease