A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of vascular diseases is being launched this week.
The primary care trust Ship, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, is running its ‘It can happen to anyone at any time’ campaign from today.
It ties in with Vascular Disease Awareness Week, which runs from today until March 23.
Dr Jenifer Smith, on behalf of the directors of public health for Ship, said: ‘Around 200,000 people die every year in the UK from vascular health problems but many of these can be prevented.
‘The best way to reduce your risk of getting vascular disease is to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
‘Losing weight, eating a healthy diet and quitting smoking will all help lower your risk.’
The campaign aims to raise awareness of vascular disease and says it is an unknown killer that is as common as cancer and heart disease.
Another element is looking at groups of people who are likely to be affected.
People aged between 40 and 74 years old without a pre-existing health condition are being invited to have a health check as part of a five-year rolling programme.
The check looks to see if patients are at risk of developing or have early signs of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease and vascular disease and gives advice or treatment to prevent the disease from developing.
For more information visit circulationfoundation.org.uk.