Cardiovascular disease – Third annual audit report (CVDPREVENT)

Reports | Published: 09 Mar 2023

The CVDPREVENT Audit has published its third annual audit report. Covering the audit period up to March 2022, it provides insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary care services (diagnosis and management of hypertension were significantly disrupted) and compares the national position against key ambitions identified as milestones for the prevention of CVD; the detection and management of atrial fibrillation, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Key findings include:

  • The prevalence of cardiovascular disease in adults in England was 6.0%. The prevalence increased with age and males were more likely than females to have the disease
  • Prescription of anticoagulation drug therapy, for those with AF at high-risk of stroke, increased by one percentage point since March 2021 to 88.9% in March 2022
  • Nearly 20% of people with CVD did not have a recorded current prescription of lipid lowering therapy (secondary prevention).

This report also includes findings relating to diagnoses of chronic kidney disease and diabetes; lifestyle; and health inequalities, as well as a number of recommendations to support the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Cardiovascular disease – Third annual audit report (CVDPREVENT)