Heart Diseases: Blood Tests

Department of Health written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to make the innovative blood test to rule out heart attacks available on the NHS.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the level of variation in survival rates for people who have had cardiac arrests between regions in England.

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

The findings of early research into a new blood test to diagnose heart attack are encouraging, but more research is needed to establish how effective the test is.

Commissioning for Value has produced Cardiovascular Disease Commissioning for Value focus packs. The packs are comprised of national benchmarked data for heart disease and stroke which is used to understand variation across the pathway for each clinical commissioning group in England to help improve cardiovascular disease commissioning. The packs can be found at:

http://www.yhpho.org.uk/default.aspx?RID=199884

In addition, the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare aims to reduce unwarranted variation to increase value and improve quality and has produced maps on heart disease, which can be found at:

http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/atlas/maps/Atlas_290915_Cardio.pdf

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