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Health Services: Cardiovascular System

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NICE has any plans to publish a quality standard on the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has already published quality standards on chronic heart failure and stroke, and is developing further quality standards on stable angina, acute coronary syndromes (including myocardial infarction), and thromboembolic diseases (including pulmonary embolism).

Further information on the quality standards NICE is developing can be found at:


NICE, jointly with the National Quality Board, recently ran an engagement exercise on the development of a library of quality standard topics for the national health service. The list of proposed quality standard topics published as part of this exercise included the following cardiovascular topics:

acute heart failure; atrial fibrillation; hypertension; secondary care management of malignant hypertension; lipid modification; secondary prevention of myocardial infarction and cardiac rehabilitation; familial hypercholesterolemia; risk assessment of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors; peripheral vascular disease; varicose veins; and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The engagement exercise closed on 14 October 2011.

Further information on the engagement exercise can be found at:


An announcement on next steps will be made once the responses have been analysed.

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