Large Regional Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Burden

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Prachi Bhatnagar, MPH, DPhil
Researcher University of Oxford
British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention
Nuffield Department of Population Health
Oxford

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: We know that cardiovascular disease presents a large burden to the UK. We aimed to bring together all the main data on cardiovascular disease mortality, morbidity, treatment and economic costs. We found that there are regional inequalities in cardiovascular disease mortality and prevalence in the UK.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Although there have been large declines in cardiovascular disease mortality, it still remains a significant burden to the UK, both in terms of health and economic costs.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: While there is excellent mortality data available, we need more readily available incidence data for cardiovascular conditions such as myocardial infarction. We also need to understand how to address the regional inequalities described in this paper.

Citation: 

P. Bhatnagar, K. Wickramasinghe, J. Williams, M. Rayner, N. Townsend. The epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the UK 2014. Heart, 2015; DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-307516

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Prachi Bhatnagar, MPH, DPhil, Researcher University of Oxford, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Nuffield Department of Population Health, & Oxford (2015). Large Regional Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Burden MedicalResearch.com

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