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Heart check target exceeded

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NHS Scotland exceeded its target for heart check-ups last year by screening 75% more people than expected.

A total of 41,107 cardiovascular anticipatory care screenings were reported by 14 health boards in Scotland in the year to 31 March, much higher than the target of 23,579.

Heart check-up numbers are 40% up on last year’s total of 29,433. The total reported checks varied from 90 in Shetland to 13,503 in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Public health minister Michael Matheson said: “It is fantastic that in the last year NHS Scotland has delivered over 40,000 check-ups to the people across Scotland who need it most.

“It is not acceptable that in modern Scotland the poorest still suffer from inequalities in health. By intervening early to offer health advice and support where required, we can really improve people’s lives.

“Preventing heart disease not only saves lives, it reduces the need for costly, crisis interventions which neither we nor society can afford.

“Since they were introduced, The Keep Well programmes have delivered more than 113,000 health checks to 45-64 year olds in our most deprived communities across Scotland. This good work is set to continue and plans are under way to extend the programme to cover all of our most deprived communities from April 2012.”

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