Heart attacks kill nearly 2,500 people prematurely each year in the south east, new figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have revealed.
The charity estimates more than 22,000 people under the age of 75 across the UK suffered a fatal heart attack last year. The figures have been released as the BHF launches a new campaign to highlight how heart conditions, including heart attack, suddenly devastate families across the country on a daily basis.
In Hastings between 2011 and 2013 the average annual number of deaths from premature heart attacks stood at 32. For Rother the figure was 34.
A heart attack strikes someone every three minutes in the UK, with almost 188,000 heart attacks treated in UK hospitals in 2013/2014.
Medical research has significantly improved heart attack survival rates through better diagnosis and treatments. However, the BHF, which funds more than £70 million of research in the region, said more research is urgently needed to save more lives and combat the main cause of heart attack - coronary heart disease (CHD).
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: “Through medical research, we’ve made great progress in saving the lives of people suffering from heart attacks. But we mustn’t be lulled into thinking we’ve beaten the disease. Every year thousands of people are still dying from heart attacks, and coronary heart disease remains the UK’s single biggest killer. We urgently need to fund more research to find new ways to prevent and treat heart attacks, and ultimately, save more lives.”
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