Cheshire & Merseyside Happy Hearts

The aim of Cheshire & Merseyside Happy Hearts website is to help you reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on staying healthy and keeping your heart happy.

Together we can beat heart disease

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside 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

The challenge

Across Cheshire & Merseyside around 340,000 people are living with heart and circulatory diseases. 99,000 are living with coronary heart disease and around 33,000 have been diagnosed with heart failure by their GP.

Around 69,000 people have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), a condition which, if untreated, can lead to stroke.

Around 56,000 people are stroke survivors in Cheshire & Merseyside.


people have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.


have atrial fibrillation.


people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke.

Heart and circulatory diseases cause around 570 deaths each month in, which means every 75 minutes someone dies from a heart or circulatory disease in Cheshire & Merseyside.

Conditions that increase the risk of CVD, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes are very common across Cheshire and Merseyside, 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.

What do we want to do?

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 Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website will share local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • 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 risk of heart attack or stroke