Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Heart attacks '50,000 higher'

The British Heart Foundation says one person is having a heart attack every three minutes

The number of heart attacks in the UK is 50,000 higher than previously thought, according to figures from the British Heart Foundation.

The charity said numbers are 35% higher than estimates have suggested, with around 175,000 heart attacks thought to take place each year.

The figures translate to one person having a heart attack every three minutes, the charity said.

Its chief executive, Simon Gillespie, said their analysis was "a stark reminder" of the work that needs to be done around awareness, research and prevention.

"We now know there are 50,000 more heart attacks happening across the UK than previously thought.

"The revised figure is a stark reminder of the vital work still needed if we're to stop people from suddenly losing a parent, grandparent, partner or sibling to a heart attack.

"The world class research we're funding is helping improve diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, and we're working to prevent them from happening in the first place. With the support of the public we want to increase our investment in this research, which will yield life-saving medical advances."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz