Deaths from Cardiovascular disease: Comment from NCPC

6 February 2013
New report from the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network report shows people with cardiovascular diseases are more likely to die in hospital.

The new report highlightsnot only the high proportion of people with cardiovascular disease who die in hospital (51%), but the very low figure of less than 1% who die in a hospice.

Speaking in response to the new report from the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at the National Council for Palliative Care said:

"It's really encouraging that the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases has fallen significantly due to improved awareness, diagnosis and treatment. However, there now needs to be a sustained focus on improving the end of life care for the many people who are still dying as a result of these conditions.

As more people live for longer, often with a number of complex conditions including coronary heart disease or stroke, there is a growing need to ensure that people are able to get the end of life care they need, in the place they want to be in, which for most people is in their own home. We only have one chance to get care right for people who are dying, which is why local commissioners and service providers in every area need to make end of life care one of their core priorities."

Dr James Beattie, Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of NCPC added:

“The reduction in deaths from acute cardiac conditions reported in the National End of Life Intelligence Network document is testament to the effectiveness of the development and implementation of the National Service Framework for Coronary Artery Disease over the past decade. The trade off lies in the burgeoning population now living with and ultimately dying from chronic progressive cardiac conditions such as heart failure. These individuals are no less worthy of our attention and we must take responsibility for their continuing care.  This publication provides useful data for commissioners tasked with the planning and provision of the comprehensive care they require along the entire disease trajectory to the end of their lives.”

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