What are the UK Statistics on Heart Disease and Heart Attacks?

According to the British Heart Foundation 2020 Statistics:

  • Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27%) of all deaths in the UK; i.e. nearly 170,000 deaths each year – an average of 460 people each day or one death every three minutes.
  • There are around 7.4 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK.
  • Around 80% of people with heart and circulatory diseases have at least one other health condition.
  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the one of the UK’s leading causes of death and the most common cause of premature death.
  • CHD is responsible for around 64,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 180 people each day, or one death around every eight minutes.
  • In the UK more than 100,000 hospital admissions each year are due to heart attacks; that’s 280 admissions each day or 1 every 5 minutes.
  • People with coronary heart disease, or who have had a heart attack, are twice as likely to have a stroke. Stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the UK.
  • Many different risk factors increase your likelihood of developing heart and circulatory diseases: diabetes, high blood pressure, air pollution, age, family background, smoking, obesity, exercise.
  • CHD kills more than twice as many women in the UK as breast cancer
  • In the UK, one in seven men and one in twelve women die from coronary heart disease.

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