19 April 2013
Heart disease capital of the UK revealed
As the fight for every heartbeat
begins, new statistics show that where you live can have a huge
impact on your heart health. Tameside in Greater Manchester is
the UK’s heart disease capital.
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People in Tameside are more likely to die from coronary heart
disease than anyone else in the UK. Their risk is three times
higher than in Kensington and Chelsea - where people have the
Professor Peter Weissberg, BHF Medical
Director, said: "These latest figures expose staggering
inequalities in deaths from heart disease across the UK. But it’s
unacceptable that people continue to die from heart attacks,
regardless of their postcode."
Use your mouse to hover over the map
and find the top 20 most at risk UK areas. The death rate
from coronary heart disease is by 100,000 people.
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We are calling on people across the UK to fight back against
this killer. We're bringing together heart patients and scientists
to spread the message that heart research is the weapon we need to
win the battle against heart disease.
On Saturday 20 April, a moving TV advert will broadcast across
the nation for the first time. The ad features a devastating
moment that sent a chill across the nation last year – Fabrice
Muamba’s on pitch cardiac arrest.
BHF Professor Mark Kearney
Medical research costs money and we urgently needs support to rid the UK of heart disease.
, a researcher,
cardiologist and one of the stars of the TV advert,
“I hate seeing the impact of heart disease on children, parents
and grandparents - my experience in clinic is an everyday reminder
that heart disease devastates too many lives.
“I’m searching for a breakthrough to put an end to the
suffering. But medical research costs money and we urgently needs
support to rid the UK of heart disease and the misery it
We are calling for people to text FIGHT to
70123 and give £3 to join the
fight for every heartbeat or make a donation online.