Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of ill-health and death in Scotland causing 15,889 or 29% of deaths in 2012.
This not only equates to a substantial loss of life, but a substantial loss of productive working years of life. In 2012 around 22,000 ‘working years’ were lost due to deaths before the age of 64 (GROS 2012)
This statistic doesn’t account for ‘working years’ lost due to ill health.
Much of this is preventable if the warning signs are picked up early and lifestyle changes made.
The efforts and resources of SHARP are directed towards both education and research.
Educational facilities are provided for health professionals to assist doctors and nurses identify those at risk and help them reduce their risk of developing these diseases.
Prevention through Education and Research