Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: First annual audit report

Reports | Published: 09 Dec 2021

The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (CVDPREVENT) audit, which aims to support systematic quality improvement to reduce inequalities and improve outcomes for individuals and populations, has published its first annual report.

Based on GP-recorded data for relevant patient cohorts up to March 2020, the report provides a pre-pandemic baseline for indicators of CVD prevention and highlights improvement opportunities at a national level, including:

  • Those diagnosed with hypertension in the working-age population, particularly males, could be better managed – there needs to be focus on Black ethnic minority groups in the management of hypertension.
  • Under-recording of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in England and missed opportunities to identify people with this genetic condition at a younger age
  • Initiatives to improve the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) could be targeted at females, particularly in the 40 to 59 age group, as well as Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups.

The report also found that around four in ten people with recorded hypertension also had obesity, and suggests that, as obesity is deprivation, wider efforts to address health inequalities would contribute to reducing CVD.

Read the full report: You can read the report by clicking on the link below.

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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: First annual audit report