The UK NSC recommendation on Vascular risk screening in adults over 40

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended, risk management guidance covered by UK NSC
Last review completed January 2007
Next review due in 2013/14

The UK NSC recommended the introduction of a Vascular Risk Management Programme as a result of the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (DHDS) prevention project. The Handbook of Vascular Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction and Risk Management was published on March 3 2008 and the Department of Health is rolling out the NHS Health Check.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Vascular risk

Vascular disease includes coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It currently affects the lives of over 4 million people in England. It causes 36% of deaths (170,000 a year in England) and is responsible for a fifth of all hospital admissions. It is the largest single cause of long-term ill health and disability, impairing the quality of life for many people.

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British Heart Foundation
British Renal Society
Diabetes UK
Faculty of Public Health
Kidney Research UK
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Stroke Association
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Handbook of Vascular Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction and Risk Management (2012) (PDF document, 904KB, 14/12/12)
icon Vascular risk management programme (2006) (PDF document, 66KB, 23/08/11)

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