The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging the public to sign a petition demanding a new Government plan to support people who develop heart and circulatory conditions in England.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common complication of diabetes: around 50 per cent of people with diabetes die of CVD, including strokes and heart attacks.
Diabetes second only to smoking as CVD cause
Diabetes is second only to smoking as the leading cause of cardiovascular disease in the UK.
The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease in England comes to an end in 2009/10 and there is currently no plan to replace it.
To help keep cardiac and vascular health at the top of the government agenda, you can sign the petition online atwww.newheartplan.org.ukor in any of the 490 BHF charity shops in England.