Cardiovascular System

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to include aortic stenosis in future cardiovascular strategies.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to ensure earlier referral of heart valve patients from secondary to tertiary care; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England has no plans to publish a future cardiovascular disease strategy at this time.

Improvements in detection and management of valve disease will be achieved by encouraging practitioners and providers to follow clinical guidelines and by commissioning means. Surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement are commissioned by NHS England through specialised commissioning but investigations, initial diagnosis and medical management are commissioned by clinical commissioning groups.

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