RESULTS

 

Cheshire & Merseyside Happy Hearts

The aim of Cheshire & Merseyside's Happy Hearts website is to help you reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy.

Header Image

Family Riding Bicycle

 

Together we can beat heart disease

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The best thing we can all do to stay well is to make healthy choices in our every day lives. 

We can also do more to prevent, find and manage conditions that increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, such as;

  • high blood pressure
  • atrial fibrillation (a type of abnormal heart rhythm)  
  • high cholesterol
  • type 2 diabetes

 

Across Cheshire & Merseyside around 650,000 people are thought to have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Of these around 260,000 people (40%) don't yet know they are affected and at risk. 

Around 66,000 people have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), a condition which, if untreated, can lead to stroke.

Around 52,000 people had a stroke or mini-stroke (TIA) in 2016/17.

40%of people with high blood pressure

 don't know they are affected

66,000have atrial fibrillation

52,000people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke

Think blood pressure, think pharmacy…

Caroline Williams, a Community Pharmacist in Cheshire East, explains how your local Healthy Living Pharmacy can offer you a free blood pressure check. They are also able to offer lifestyle advice and guidance in order to help keep your heart happy.

Video Thumbnail
Caroline Williams, a Community Pharmacist in Cheshire East, explains how your local Healthy Living Pharmacy can offer you a free blood pressure check. They are also able to offer lifestyle advice and guidance in order to help keep your heart ...
 
 

 

Objectives

We aim to help people to keep their hearts happy and lower their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

To do this, the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website will share local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as;
    • high blood pressure
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high cholesterol
    • type 2 diabetes
  • how and where you can check your 'numbers'
  • how you can help to manage and contol these conditions to lower your CVD risk

People falling into a broken heart

 

The challenge

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of death in England – and were responsible for 33% of deaths in 2010. Coronary heart disease and stroke accounted for the majority of those deaths.

In Cheshire & Merseyside Coronary Heart Disease is one of the main causes of death with more than 954 deaths each year. Stroke is the second highest cause of death from CVD, with an average of 334 deaths between 2014 and 2016.

Conditions that increase the risk of CVD, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes are very common across Cheshire and Merseyisde, but many people don't know they are affected as there may be no symptoms.

We need to do more to prevent, detect and control the conditions that can lead to CVD.

Back to top icon Back to top