Heart at­tacks kill 200 plus in Bucks a year

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

HEART at­tacks kill more than 200 peo­ple pre­ma­turely each year in Bucks, new fig­ures from the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) have re­vealed.

The char­ity es­ti­mates that more than 22,000 peo­ple un­der the age of 75 across the UK suf­fered a fa­tal heart at­tack, in 2014.

In Bucks, the av­er­age an­nual fig­ure is 20 in Chiltern, 16 in South Bucks, 40 in Ayles­bury, 52 in High Wy­combe and 73 in Milton Keynes.

The fig­ures have been re­leased as the BHF launches a new cam­paign to high­light how heart con­di­tions, in­clud­ing heart at­tack, sud­denly dev­as­tate fam­i­lies across the coun­try on a daily ba­sis.

A heart at­tack strikes some­one ev­ery three min­utes in the UK - with al­most 188,000 heart at­tacks treated in UK hos­pi­tals in 2013/20143.

This fig­ure is up from 175,000 the year be­fore, which the char­ity says could be due to bet­ter di­ag­no­sis and record­ing. De­spite im­prove­ments in treat­ment and di­ag­no­sis, around a third of heart at­tacks are fa­tal.

How­ever, the BHF says more re­search is ur­gently needed to save more lives and com­bat the main cause of heart at­tack – coro­nary heart dis­ease (CHD).

About 275,000 peo­ple in the South East are liv­ing with CHD and is the UK’s sin­gle big­gest killer.

Med­i­cal di­rec­tor at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor Peter Weiss­berg said: “Through med­i­cal re­search, we’ve made great progress in sav­ing the lives of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from heart at­tacks. But we mustn’t be lulled into think­ing we’ve beaten the dis­ease. Ev­ery year thou­sands of peo­ple are still dy­ing from heart at­tacks, and coro­nary heart dis­ease re­mains the UK’s sin­gle big­gest killer.

CHD kills about 9,000 peo­ple in the South East each year and most of these deaths are caused by a heart at­tack.

To help the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion fight back against this killer, visit bhf.org.uk/fight­back.

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