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With publication of the NHS Long Term Plan1 in January this year, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been flagged as a new strategic priority for the NHS. The Plan was developed in response to the prime minister's commitment to increase spending on the NHS by £20 billion over the next 5 years. The objective is to use this new investment to transform healthcare and outcomes by doing things differently, with a comprehensive new service model in primary and community care, with increased personalisation, digital transformation and better integration to reduce pressure on emergency services.
CVD has been identified as a priority because of its huge impact on population health.2 It affects almost 7 million people in England, it is responsible for a quarter of …
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