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Health: Cardiovascular Disease

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to consult National Health Service planning officials and relevant interest groups on reducing rates of cardio-vascular disease among black and minority ethnic groups down to the lower figures prevailing in the wider population.[HL4492]

The department is developing a comprehensive national stroke strategy that will be going out for consultation shortly and will be published in late 2007. This will promote delivery of the newest treatments and improve the care that stroke patients receive. It will also promote public awareness and prevention for all ethnic groups.

The department has also provided Section 64 grants to fund the following projects:

The Afiya Trust’s “Stroke Awareness for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities” project will target black and minority ethnic communities and run stroke awareness sessions within community settings.

The Stroke Association’s “Blood Pressure Awareness: African Caribbean Communities” project will promote a blood pressure awareness campaign within African Caribbean communities in England.

The Stroke Association’s “Stroke Prevention: South Asian Communities” project raised awareness of stroke prevention through the production of materials and the dissemination and distribution of these materials.

The “Coronary Artery Disease in South Asian Prevention” project provides education about cardiac risk factors, psychological support, nutrition management, medications, weight management, lipid lowering medication, physical activity and blood pressure control for the south Asian population.

In December 2004, the department produced a best practice guide for providing coronary heart disease services to south Asians. Heart Disease and South Asians was published by the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation.

In 2004, the department part-funded another SAHF report, Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease in South Asians, which aimed to convey this issue to a wide audience, enabling more people to understand the problems and take action to combat them. It included a chapter on cerebrovascular disease.

In 2006, the Food Standards Agency provided a grant to the Stroke Association to create a survey to assess the eating habits and salt intake of African Caribbean, south Asian and Chinese communities. This aims to find out more about stroke awareness levels in relation to diet.