Heart disease standards

Clinical Standards for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UK. The largest contribution to these deaths is due to coronary heart disease, which is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in men and one in six deaths in women, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths every year in Scotland.


In 2005, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) commenced a major review of its previous heart disease related guidelines. This resulted in the simultaneous publication of a set of five guidelines covering primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, stable angina, acute coronary syndromes, chronic heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias in February 2007.

These guidelines, and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network's cardiac rehabilitation guideline 2002, are drawn from a contemporary evidence base and so provided an ideal opportunity to create standards of care for heart disease relevant to the needs of the patient in the 21st century.

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Published Date: 28 April 2010


Healthcare Improvement Scotland took over the responsibilities of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland on 1st April 2011.

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