Dr Shaun O'Connell, the CCG's GP Lead for Acute Service Transformation, explains all about its Healthy Hearts programme - an ambitious programme that, over the next five years, aims to reduce the number of people having heart attacks and strokes and also reduce the number of people dying early from heart or other circulatory disease.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
When the heart beats normally, its muscular walls contract (tighten and squeeze) to force blood out and around the body. They then relax, so the heart can fill with blood again.
One of the Vale of York’s biggest killers is heart disease. That's why one of our main priorities is to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart attack and stroke.
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