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S5W-07081: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by the British Heart Foundation, which show that the premature death rate from cardiovascular disease in Glasgow is 127 per 100,000, compared with the Scottish average of 91 per 100,000.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017

National statistics published on 21 February 2017 indicate that the coronary heart disease mortality rate in Scotland has decreased by 38% in the last ten years; mortality rates in all deprivation quintiles also reduced over the decade. However, we are not complacent and know that reducing health inequalities is one of the largest challenges we face. To tackle this we need to shift our focus towards addressing the underlying causes of ending poverty, fair wages, supporting families, and improving our physical and social environments. Eating more healthily, being more active, stopping smoking and drinking sensibly can all play their part in reducing the risk of heart disease. We are taking firm action in all these areas to support people across Scotland to live healthier lives.

Our Heart Disease Improvement Plan, published in 2014, sets out the priorities and actions to deliver improved prevention, treatment and care for all people in Scotland living with heart disease. Prevention of heart disease, including championing work focused on inequalities and people at high risk of developing heart disease, is one of the six priorities in the Improvement Plan.