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Belfast Healthy Hearts Programme


Belfast Partnership Boards and the Public Health Agency (PHA)

Subject Keywords: Cardiovascular health
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Type: Project
Region: Northern Ireland

'Healthy Hearts in the West’ is one of the Belfast Healthy Hearts Programmes funded by the Public Health Agency. It is a Cardiovascular Strategy for West Belfast and is funded by the Public Health Agency, Belfast Local Commissioning Group and Belfast Health Development Unit. It aims to raise awareness, of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and involve people in a range of healthy activities. A major focus of ‘Healthy Hearts in the West’ will be on promoting prevention of CVD.

Levels of CVD including heart disease and stroke are higher in West Belfast, an area of severe socioeconomic deprivation, than most of the North of Ireland causing disability and premature mortality.

Men living in the least deprived areas in the North of Ireland live on average almost eight years longer than men in the most deprived areas, for women this gap is five years. Statistics also show that over 11,000 people registered with a GP in West Belfast have high blood pressure which is one of the main risk factors for CVD.



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Belfast Partnership Boards and the Public Health Agency (PHA). (2012) Belfast Healthy Hearts Programme [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 13th November 2019].


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