Preventions and outcomes

Prevention and Outcomes - Prevention and Outcomes is a theme focused on the life-course of those with cardiovascular disease

Despite major improvements in care, cardiovascular disease remains the major cause of death and disability in the UK, mainly from heart attack and stroke. Preventable risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity account for the majority of deaths. The underlying disease, atherosclerosis, begins in childhood, and further improvements in population health will require earlier detection of risk factors and prevention from childhood rather than improvements in the treatment of established disease. Outcomes research aims to deliver cost effective strategies within the community to maintain ‘wellness’ and reduce clinical complications of cardiovascular disease. We identify which clinical practices, such as management and treatment, may lead to the most effective outcomes. We also disseminate successful practices for application to other areas of healthcare.

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