Birmingham and Solihull Healthy Hearts

The aim of Birmingham and Solihull's Healthy Hearts website is to help you reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy.


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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Have you had a Cardiac Event 6 months prior to Covid-19 or in the last 6 months?(Since September 2020)

If so, we would really value your input to help us to understand the current Cardiac Rehabilitation Care that the population of Birmingham & Solihull receive.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of exercise, education, and psychological support. It has been shown to:  

  • Reduce hospital admissions 

  • Reduce the number of cardiovascular disease related deaths 

  • Reduce the risk of further cardiovascular events 

  • Improve quality of life 

Nationally, only half of all patients eligible for this service access it. There are many reasons for this, and Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning group, along with other NHS partners are keen to understand why.  We intend to work with our partners to act on feedback, and support patients to access and complete these programmes in a way that is most suitable for them.

You can help us do this by following the link below & completing a short questionnaire, your answers will remain anonymous and outcomes of this questionnaire will be shared on the Health Hearts website.

Dr Justin Varney

Director of Public Health 
at Birmingham City Council

Discussing cardiovascular disease and:

  • What small steps we can take in our daily lives improve heart health
  • Signs to looks out for
  • Useful tools available on the Healthy Hearts website to support changes.

Follow the link below to learn more about lifestyle choices 

Birmingham and Solihull Healthy Hearts | Lifestyle choices (



Together we can
beat heart disease

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Birmingham and Solihull's initiative brings our local GPs and hospital specialists together to help prevent people having a heart attack or stroke. We are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The best thing we can all do to stay well is to adopt healthy behaviours in our everyday lives. 

We can also do more to prevent, find and manage conditions that increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, such as;

  • Atrial Fibrillation (a type of abnormal heart rhythm)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

In Birmingham and Solihull there are 168,344 people affected by high blood pressure (hypertension) which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

  • There are 8,744 people with diagnosed heart failure across Birmingham and Solihull. Of these there are 3,223 patients with heart failure due to the left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD).
  • There are 38,360 people with coronary heart disease across Birmingham and Solihull.
  • There are 20,100 people with diagnosed atrial fibrillation across Birmingham and Solihull.
  • There are 20,339 people with a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) across Birmingham and Solihull.

168,344people with diagnosed hypertension across Birmingham and Solihull

20,100 people are diagnosed atrial fibrillation across Birmingham and Solihull.

20,339people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke

Our vision for the people of Birmingham and Solihull...

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We aim to help people to keep their hearts happy and lower their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

To do this, the Birmingham and Solihull's Healthy Hearts website will share local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • Information to help support conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as;
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk


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The challenge

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of death in England. Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, that’s nearly 170,000 deaths each year – an average of 460 deaths each day or one every three minutes in the UK.

Conditions that increase the risk of CVD, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes are very common across Birmingham and Solihull, but many people don't know they are affected as there may be no symptoms.

We need to do more to prevent, detect and control the conditions that can lead to CVD.


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