Last year nearly 64,000 people died from coronary heart disease across England and Wales, according to figures.
It was the leading cause of death amongst men with 37,797 deaths from the disease, more than double the next biggest killer, lung cancer.
For women, coronary heart disease killed 26,075 and was the second biggest killer last year behind deaths attributed to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that coronary heart disease is still the leading cause of death in England and Wales.
Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said: “These figures show that coronary heart disease is still the single biggest killer and continues to blight the lives of thousands of people and families.
“We've made great progress over the last 50 years but we still need to fund much more research to stop people dying needlessly, and to help the increasing number of people living with heart disease.
“The UK has committed to reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular disease by a quarter by 2025 and it will only meet this target if the government and health service make health prevention a priority.”