Community engagement programme The challenge of cardiovascular disease - quick statistics Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second largest cause of death in England, accounting for 29% of all deaths in 2011. Around 46% of all deaths from CVD are from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and almost a fifth from stroke (18%). Most deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are premature and could easily be prevented by making lifestyle changes. A 1% decrease in cholesterol in the population could lead to a 2–4% CHD mortality reduction; a 1% reduction in smoking prevalence could lead to 2000 fewer CHD deaths per year; and a 1% reduction in population diastolic blood pressure could prevent around 1500 CHD deaths each year. With an ageing population and the current rising levels of obesity and diabetes in the UK, a strong focus on prevention is essential in reducing premature deaths (mortality) and ill health (morbidity) from CVD in the population as a whole. Heartbeat’s community engagement programme focuses on highlighting the risk factors associated with Cardiovascular Disease and aim to empower individuals to make small changes that have a big impact on overall health. Our talks and workshops include: Understanding cardiovascular disease and risk factors Healthy eating Smoking cessation and the dangers of shisha Emergency first aid skills Blood pressure and cholesterol testing events If you would like our input into your events, seminars, meetings or conferences, please contact us.