Health committee launches investigation into killer heart disease in Hartlepool

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A COUNCIL committee is launching an investigation into a health condition.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Hartlepool is coming under the microscope in a special inquiry.

It’s the main cause of death in the UK, accounting for one third of all deaths each year, and in Hartlepool the CVD mortality rate is even higher.

The topic will be examined over the next five months by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Audit & Governance Committee.

The aim is to look at the work being done to prevent and treat CVD, to ensure there is a longer term reduction in cases of it and to make sure that people who have it still continue to have the best possible quality of life.

CVD – or circulatory and heart disease – refers to a group of related conditions of the heart and blood vessels. These including coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, and atrial fibrillation and arrhythmias.

The Audit & Governance Committee will meet on Thursday, October 16, at 10am in Committee Room B in Civic Centre, Victoria Road, to set the scene for its investigation.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Over the coming months the committee will be going out into the community to gather information from a range of sources including health professionals and CVD patients and their families and carers.

Councillor Ray Martin-Wells, chairman of the Audit & Governance Committee, said: “CVD is a major killer in the UK and even more so in Hartlepool.

“Preventing it is a high priority and we are keen to get to the root of why it claims so many lives in Hartlepool and to ensure that as much as possible is being done to tackle the factors – including lifestyle - which contribute to it.”

For more information about this investigation please contact Scrutiny Support Officer Laura Stones on (01429) 523087 or email: laura.stones@hartlepool.gov.uk