Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) represents the biggest single cause of death in the UK. CHD is currently the biggest contributor to inequalities in premature deaths. These inequalities stem from differences in CHD risk factors between socio-economic groups (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol). The differences in risk factors are themselves the result of modifiable behaviours, primarily smoking and nutrition.

The goals of the project are :

  • Identify public health policies which could be used to improve CHD mortality and morbidity
  • Assess the coverage of these policies across all socio-economic groups
  • Determine the overall population-average effect and the gradient in the effect across socio-economic group

Specifically, we have evaluations in various stages of development:

  • Salt policies
  • Trans fat policies
  • Smoking policies