What is cardiovascular disease? Cardiovascular disease is disease of the heart or blood vessels.

In Salford, the number of people aged under 75 years old dying from cardiovascular disease is a lot higher than the national rate, although it has fallen by 57% since 1995. The number of people who are admitted to hospital as an emergency from heart disease and stroke in Salford is also a lot higher than the national average. 


What you should expect from your GP practice: 

  • You will have the probability of you having a stroke measured using a scoring tool and, if appropriate, be offered medication which will be reviewed to make sure it is still effective

  • You will be checked for an irregular pulse if you go to your GP with any of the following:

    • Breathlessness

    • Palpitations

    • Dizziness

    • Chest discomfort

    • Stroke

  • Problems with your heart will be checked using an electrocardiogram (ECG) test if you have suspected atrial fibrillation. This is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often very fast heart rate

  • If you have had a stroke, you should have your blood pressure checked within two weeks of discharge from hospital  


Last updated March 2018.