GPs can help by taking a more proactive role in identifying those people who are at relatively high risk of suffering coronary heart disease by referring patients to dedicated heart clubs, where available.
Your GP can refer you onto a Keep Well scheme if you are considered to be at high risk or developing heart disease; and you will benefit from increasing your physical activity levels, thus improving your lifestyle and making enormous improvements to your health, wellbeing and risk of heart disease.
Bournemouth Heart Club is a great example.
People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code - because it could save their life. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Forty health organisations have teamed up to urge more people to go for a routine NHS health check. Doctors should also identify and treat at-risk patients better, they say. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in four deaths in England, the equivalent of someone dying every four minutes, according to Public Health England and NHS England.