Director of Public Health Annual Report 2022: Preventing heart disease and stroke in Buckinghamshire

3.5 People with learning disabilities

Some evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities may be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and of developing cardiovascular disease earlier but the risk by type of cardiovascular disease varies. Rates of heart disease may be lower for people with learning disabilities, but the risk of heart failure, stroke and TIA are higher. Activity levels may be lower and obesity levels higher for this population.[145]