Improving cardiovascular care

Scottish mortality rates for heart disease and stroke remain high by Western standards, but premature deaths for both diseases continue to fall.

Heart disease and stroke remain two of the major causes of admission to hospital and treatment of both diseases remains a major part of the work of NHSScotland.

National targets

National targets are to reduce the death rate from heart disease and stroke in people aged under 75 by 60 and 50 per cent respectively by 2010. In 2007, a further target was set to reduce coronary heart disease mortality in the under 75s in the most deprived 15 per cent of Scotland.

We have established a programme of work in relation to heart disease to drive and support ongoing improvements in patient outcomes.

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