Heart failure claims a life every single day in Renfrewshire
Region now one of deadliest places for coronary conditions
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