The prevention of cardiac disease in Wales is to be the focus of a new plan launched by Welsh health minister Lesley Griffiths.
More than 10,000 people die from circulatory disease in Wales each year, and nearly half (47%) of these deaths are from coronary heart disease.
“Together for health - a Cardiac Delivery Plan” aims to cut the number of deaths by focusing on prevention as well as quicker diagnosis and treatment.
Under the draft plans, published last week, there will be a bigger focus on educating people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and on detecting cardiac disease earlier by identifying those who are most at risk and help them manage that risk.
Treatment and care are to be provided more quickly and effectively and on-going support is to be given to patients to help them deal with the effects of cardiac disease.
Lesley Griffiths said: “We must do more to prevent avoidable cardiac disease, identify those at risk and manage that risk well. Where cardiac disease does occur, we want to focus on prompt diagnosis and the best treatment.
“This new plan outlines how we as government, the NHS, and individuals themselves have a role to play in reducing cardiac disease.”
Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said: “We welcome the publication of this consultation, particularly in light of the financial pressures on the health service.
“We will expect this plan to outline how the Welsh government will tackle early prevention and ongoing care of heart disease and will actively engage in the consultation, to ensure that people in Wales receive the best prevention support and ongoing cardiac care.”