Heart attacks kill 200 plus in Bucks a year
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.