Public Health England publishes national cardiovascular disease profiles

August 8, 2014

By Christy Craig

Aside from cancer, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – including stroke, heart attack, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes – are the largest cause of death in England today. England’s public health institute, Public Health England, recognizes the significant national public health challenge posed by CVDs and has already made substantial gains in addressing it nationwide.

This month, the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network at Public Health England (PHE) published a set of in-depth, regional profiles for cardiovascular diseases in England. The profiles are designed to help health authorities as well as community members understand their local risk factors and CVD prevalence, as well as compare their district’s CVD status with the rest of the region and country. The profiles also highlight data on available treatment, as well as accessibility of services in each district.

The Risk Factor chapter of each profile explains the risks associated with developing CVDs, including aging, wealth, ethnic diversity, and a number of behavioral risk factors. According to the CVD profile for West London, for example, the average wealth is lower than the national average (increasing risk of CVD), but so is the average age (decreasing risk). The prevalence of behavioral risk factors such as smoking and excess weight is lower in West London than in England as a whole, making the overall risk of developing CVDs in West London lower than the national average.

PHE has made the profiles available online, as well as a comprehensive guide to the health indicators, terms, and data sources for the profiles.