Cardiovascular


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 

  • 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 November 2017.