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Vascular risk

The UK NSC policy on Vascular risk screening in adults over 40


Type Adult
Last review completed January 2007
Next review due in 2013/14
Policy recommendation     Systematic population screening programme not recommended, risk management guidance covered by UK NSC

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.


What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

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More about Vascular risk

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.

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Policy stakeholders

British Heart Foundation
British Renal Society
Diabetes UK
Kidney Research UK
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Stroke Association
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. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

Related documents

icon Handbook of Vascular Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction and Risk Management (2012) (PDF document, 904KB, 14/12/12)
icon Vascular risk management programme (2006) (PDF document, 66KB, 23/08/11)

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