New statistics from the British Heart Foundation have revealed that nearly half of people in the North West have already lost someone or know someone affected by heart disease.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and the revelation comes ahead of the BHF’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign that launches on February 5 and aims to get the nation wearing red to fight heart disease and raise £1m for the charity.
Around 901,000 people are living with heart and circulatory disease in the North West and the BHF poll revealed more than half of people in the North West (51%) fear a loved one could be struck down with a potentially life-threatening heart attack or stroke in the future and that almost half (47%) have already lost someone or know a loved one affected by heart disease.
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF said: “Heart disease can strike anyone at any age, without warning. That’s why it’s vital we do everything we can to reduce our risk and protect our hearts against these devastating conditions. Too many lives are cut short by heart disease every year. We urgently need to accelerate research into finding new ways to fight it. By signing up to Wear it. Beat it. you can help fund cutting-edge research.”