Facts and figures

Calendar graphic demonstrating some of the key stats for heart and circulatory disease in the UK

We collect the most comprehensive statistics on the effects, prevention, treatment, costs and causes of cardiovascular disease in the UK.

Statistics are very important to the BHF. They represent the scale of the burden of heart and circulatory disease in the UK and the challenges we face as we fight for every heartbeat. 

For over 50 years the BHF’s pioneering research has help halve death rates from cardiovascular disease. However, cardiovascular disease still kills more than one in four people in the UK. 

Below are some of the key statistics:

  • Heart and circulatory disease causes more than a quarter (26 per cent) of all deaths in the UK; that’s nearly 160,000 deaths each year – an average of 435 people each day or one death every three minutes.
  • There are around 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK: 3.5 million men and 3.5 million women.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of cardiovascular disease. It is the UK's single biggest killer and the leading cause of death worldwide.
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of heart attack. In the UK there are 188,000 hospital visits each year due to heart attacks: that's one every three minutes.
  • An estimated 915,000 people alive in the UK today (640,000 men and 275,000 women) have survived a heart attack.
  • Over half a million people in the UK are living with heart failure.
  • There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The overall survival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10

View all of the factsheets on our heart statistics page