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Healthy Hearts named Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year

An initiative that has helped hundreds of patients in Wakefield get their blood pressure under control has won a national HSJ Value Award.

Dr Pravin Jayakumar taking the blood pressure of a patient

Healthy Hearts has helped hundreds of patients in Wakefield

The Healthy Hearts programme has seen the NHS in Wakefield work in collaboration with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

It is a three-year project that focuses on three specific risk factors that can cause cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure (hypertension), cholesterol and diabetes.

Since the project started, more than 1,000 additional patients across Wakefield have been added to hypertension registers.

This means they will be monitored more closely and it will be easier to spot earlier on if they need more support with positive lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, losing weight and eating healthier or if they might need to change their current medication.

More than 2,000 additional patients have had their blood pressure controlled to less than 140/90.
This could help nearly 40 patients avoid a heart attack or stroke over the next five years.

The Healthy Hearts scheme was named Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards last week for its work in Wakefield and across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Jenny Hamer, project Lead at the AHSN said: “We’re delighted and very proud to win this award with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.”

Find out more about the initiative by watching this video featuring Wakefield CCG Cardiovascular Lead for Healthy Hearts, Dr Pravin Jayakumar.