Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what targets are in place to reduce the (a) prevalence of cardiovascular disease and (b) number of acute coronary syndrome events.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 17 January 2019
The Heart Disease Improvement Plan, published in August 2014, sets out the aims and priorities for improved prevention, treatment and care of heart disease in Scotland. There are six key priorities and key actions needed to deliver improvement. There are no specific targets as the Plan is overseen by the National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease, supported by the Scottish Government and its clinical advisors using quality improvement methodology. The Scottish Health Survey however, monitors health in Scotland and is an important tool in measuring progress of the Plan. Coronary Heart Disease mortality has decreased by over 40% over last ten years which shows that our strategy for tackling heart disease is delivering real improvements for patients.
To further support the Plan, the Scottish Government has recently contracted to be part of the UK National Cardiac Audit Programme. This will allow Scottish data on performance in secondary and tertiary cardiac care to be audited and benchmarked.