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Cardiovascular System: Screening

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has assessed on the (a) health effects and (b) cost-effectiveness of screening the general population for cardiovascular disease. (203932)

The Department has undertaken modelling work which has confirmed that a universal vascular checks programme for those aged between 40 and 74 years is both cost and clinically effective. It will publish a technical report on the modelling work in summer 2008 which will be the subject of a consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of screening specific high risk populations for cardiovascular disease, with particular reference to people with rheumatoid arthritis; and if he will make a statement. (203933)

The National Screening Committee recommended that a whole population approach be taken to vascular risk assessment. The Department's subsequent modelling has confirmed that a vascular checks programme, as described in ‘Putting Prevention First’, would be both clinically and cost effective for those aged between 40 and 74. However, assessment and management of cardiovascular risk of people with conditions that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease may be undertaken as part of their overall clinical management where indicated. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.