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.