Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
28 August 2015 09:39
UK hospitals treated nearly 188,000 heart attack victims last year
Almost 10,000 Britons under the age of 65 were killed by heart attacks last year, according to new figures from a leading charity.
The findings, which equate to nearly 200 deaths every week, form part of a new campaign that is being launched by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to make people more aware of the massive impact that heart disease can have on patients' families.
It is thought around 2.3 million people in the UK have coronary heart disease, something that claims the lives of nearly 70,000 people a year - with the vast majority of the deaths caused by heart attacks.
In the UK, around one in three heart attacks prove fatal with 188,000 people being treated in hospital after suffering one in 2013-14, compared to 175,000 the previous year.
Living with a heart condition necessitates various lifestyle changes. But it does not have to stop people doing most of the things they enjoy such as going on holiday - something which can be covered by a medical travel insurance policy.
The BHF's medical director, Professor Peter Weissberg, says while huge progress has been made in saving the lives of heart attack victims, people should not be lulled into believing that heart disease has been beaten.
He is reminding people that thousands a year are still dying after suffering a heart attack, with heart disease remaining the country's biggest killer.
Professor Weissberg says it is vital that more research into new ways of treating and preventing heart attacks is funded. And that, he says, could help save more lives.
Although some of the genetic and lifestyle factors which raise the risk of heart attacks are well known, little is understood about how atherosclerosis - the hardening, furring and narrowing of the arteries which can result in heart attacks or strokes - develops.
Professor Weissberg says only further research can provide the key to those unanswered questions and, ultimately, help doctors reduce the death toll.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
13 January 2017
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.
31 December 2016
Budget airline Norwegian has said it will launch ultra-low cost flights for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.
30 December 2016
Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their paintings, new research suggests.
29 December 2016
A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.