A third more people suffer heart attack or stroke than previously thought

A person living in Glasgow is more than four times as likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than someone living in Hart in Hampshire, according to new statistics by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The figures reveal the shocking inequalities in deaths from heart and circulatory disease. Areas including Inverclyde and Dundee in Scotland, and Manchester and Blackpool in the North West are also hotspots for high rates of early deaths.

The statistics also show that:

– 35% more people suffer a heart attack or stroke than was previously estimated, with the annual figure reaching 410,000.

– in total, more than 100 people under the age of 75 die from CVD each day, the equivalent of 42,000 people a year.

– over seven million people are living with CVD across the UK.

– CVD accounts for more than one in four of all UK deaths.

In its new strategy launched today, the heart charity say the key to saving yet more lives is to make sure research advancements go further and faster.

The charity is also determined to tackle health inequalities by preventing people from developing CVD in the first place. This could help reduce early deaths from CVD by 25% by 2025, the equivalent of more than 10,000 lives a year, a target set by the World Health Organization.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the BHF said: “These figures are a stark reminder of the unacceptable number of people that lose their lives to cardiovascular disease every year, often increased by the place they live. There is still so much more we need to do.

“We’ve made huge progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, with 70% of heart attack victims now surviving to go home to their families. With the help of our supporters, we’ll increase investment and accelerate our world-class research that could save the lives of more people that die prematurely. We remain determined to win the fight against cardiovascular disease, improving the lives of the seven million people living with it and saving those that currently die too young.”