Heart fail­ure claims a life ev­ery sin­gle day in Ren­frew­shire

Re­gion now one of dead­li­est places for coro­nary con­di­tions

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Ren­frew­shire has one the high­est heart dis­ease rates in Scot­land, fig­ures re­veal.

NHS sta­tis­tics show 3,547 adults were killed by heart dis­ease in the re­gion in a decade.

Fa­tal­i­ties have re­mained stub­bornly high, with ex­perts blam­ing diet, smok­ing and booze.

Heart at­tacks, fail­ure and coro­nary dis­ease claims a pa­tient al­most ev­ery day on hospi­tal wards.

James Cant, Di­rec­tor at Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion Scot­land, says too many fam­i­lies have been im­pacted by avoid­able deaths.

He said: “Med­i­cal re­search has helped us make huge strides in sav­ing the lives of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from deadly car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions, such as heart at­tack.

“But coro­nary heart dis­ease con­tin­ues to be our sin­gle big­gest killer.

“It’s no sur­prise that Scot­land is in the un­en­vi­able po­si­tion of hav­ing higher death rates from heart dis­ease than other na­tions in the UK.

“It’s well known that Scot­land has high rates of smok­ing, obe­sity and phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity, which all con­trib­ute.

“Peo­ple are liv­ing with the ef­fects of heart dis­ease or the con­se­quences of a heart at­tack, such as heart fail­ure, which is a fright­en­ing and very de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion that can se­verely limit peo­ple’s abil­ity to en­joy ev­ery­day life.

“There’s no room for com­pla­cency, which is why the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to work hard to raise funds for life-sav­ing re­search across Scot­land and the UK.

“It is dis­cov­er­ing ways to pre­vent, di­ag­nose and treat car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and ex­plor­ing the com­plex rea­sons why there are na­tional dif­fer­ences, such as those we see across Bri­tain.”

Ren­frew­shire sits sev­enth in the ta­ble of 32 Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for ar­eas with the worst heart dis­ease mor­tal­ity rate.

Fam­i­lies have been ham­mered by the killer con­di­tion with 220 peo­ple in ev­ery 100,000 af­fected.

Health chiefs told how thou­sands lost their lives in the re­gion be­tween 2007-08 and 2016-17.

They revealed the lo­cal mor­tal­ity rate is well above the na­tional av­er­age of 207 peo­ple in ev­ery 100,000.

Al­most 40,000 pa­tients were treated and dis­charged in Ren­frew­shire over the pe­riod.

But 1,625 women and 1,922 men were killed by heart dis­ease.

Deaths are more com­mon among those aged over 75, with the mor­tal­ity rate surg­ing to 1,685 in ev­ery 100,000.

Pais­ley was named a Heart Town by the NHS and Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion in 2011 to com­mem­o­rate the char­ity’s 50th an­niver­sary.

It was cho­sen as one of six in Scot­land, due to its poor health record.

The ini­tia­tive aimed to im­prove aware­ness of poor life­styles and how smok­ing, drink­ing and poor diet cause harm.

The drive helped cut deaths, fall­ing in suc­ces­sive years be­tween 2012 and 2014.

But car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease deaths have in­creased in each year since.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, di­rec­tor of pub­lic health at NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde, which man­ages med­i­cal ser­vices across the re­gion, in­sists ef­forts to im­prove per­sonal health must be stepped up.

She said: “We have been work­ing closely with our lo­cal author­ity part­ners and pri­mary care col­leagues over a num­ber of years to cut deaths from heart dis­ease.

“The lat­est fig­ures con­firms that our fo­cus on sup­port­ing peo­ple to im­prove their health and well­be­ing, along with the on­go­ing ad­vances in med­i­cal care within Greater Glas­gow and Clyde, is pay­ing div­i­dends.

“This wel­come fall in deaths will also have been in­flu­enced by pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures, such as the adop­tion of health­ier life­styles and the con­tin­u­ing re­duc­tions in smok­ing rates.

“How­ever, if we are to con­tinue see­ing fur­ther re­duc­tions in deaths from heart dis­ease, we need to con­tinue help­ing peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, pre­par­ing and eat­ing a healthy diet, and fur­ther re­duc­ing their al­co­hol in­take.”

No room for com­pla­cency James Cant says coro­nary heart dis­ease con­tin­ues to be our sin­gle big­gest killer

Striv­ing for better per­sonal health Dr Linda de Caestecker

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