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Clinical indicator group descriptions
Coronary heart disease The walls of the coronary arteries become narrowed by a gradual buld up of fatty material (atheroma), so the heart does not receive enough blood. This can cause angina and heart attack.
Left ventricular dysfunction This is caused by inefficient pumping of the left ventricle in the heart, so the heart is less good at pumping blood round the body.
Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks A stroke is brain injury caused by a sudden interruption of the blood flow to the brain. Transient ischaemic attacks are mini-strokes, when the blood supply is cut off for a very short time.
Hypertension High blood pressure
Diabetes mellitus When the body is unable to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood due to problems producing insulin. Diabetes increase the risk of heart disease and stroke and can lead to damage to the eyes and kidneys.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a condition where the airways have become partially blocked. This causes difficulty in breathing, wheezing and coughing.
Epilepsy Communication between the cells in the brain does not work properly, with too many messages being sent at once which can cause a seizure.
Hypothyroidism This is when reduced levels of thyroxine are made in the body, so many of the body functions (metabolism) slow down
Cancer Cancer happens when the control signals in normal cells go wrong and abnormal cells are produced which keep on dividing to form clusters (tumours)
Mental Health Mental health problems cover a wide spectrum, from distress to depression and loss of touch with reality, and may interfere with the ability to cope on a day to day basis.
Asthma Asthma is inflammation of the small airways that carry air in an out of the lungs, which can cause wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing