The UK NSC policy on Vascular risk screening in adults over 40
Vascular disease includes coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It currently affects the lives of over 4 million people in England. It causes 36% of deaths (170,000 a year in England) and is responsible for a fifth of all hospital admissions. It is the largest single cause of long-term ill health and disability, impairing the quality of life for many people.
The UK NSC recommended the introduction of a Vascular Risk Management Programme as a result of the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (DHDS) prevention project. The Handbook of Vascular Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction and Risk Management was published on March 3 2008 and the Department of Health is rolling out the NHS Health Check.
This policy was reviewed in Jan 2007 and significant changes were made. It is due to be considered again in 2011/12, or earlier if significant new evidence emerges.
Evidence Supporting the Policy
Vascular risk management programme report (2006) (see related document below)
British Heart Foundation
British Renal Society
Kidney Research UK
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us.
Related documentsHandbook of Vascular Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction and Risk Management (2012) (PDF document, 904KB, 14/12/12)
Vascular risk management programme (2006) (PDF document, 66KB, 23/08/11)