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Coronary heart disease

A nurse puts heart monitoring equipment on a patient's chest in hospital

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is preventable yet kills more than 70,000 people and 110,000 people have a heart attack in England every year.  Around 2 million people suffer from angina in the UK. Such statistics mean CHD is the biggest killer in the country. The Government committed to reducing the death rate from CHD, stroke and related diseases in people under 75 by at least 40 percent - to 83.8 deaths per 100,000 population - by 2010 and met this target five years early.

In this section, you will find more information about how this is being achieved, as well details of CHD-related schemes and initatives.

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NHS Heart Improvement Programme (opens new window)

The NHS Heart Improvement Programme supports the delivery of the National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease, through the development of cardiac networks.

Patient information (opens new window)

NHS Direct contains information and advice on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of CHD and other cardiac conditions.

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