Shock figures on heart disease deaths

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AN AVERAGE 230 people living in Ripley and the surrounding area will die of heart disease every year, according to the British Heart Foundation and NHS Derbyshire County.

The figures, published to mark National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 24 showed the effect the disease can have on people’s lives.

Heart disease can affect anyone – the young and the old – and is the largest cause of death in the UK. Between 2008 and 2010 the disease was responsible for 654 deaths in the Amber Valley, with 219 being caused by a heart attack, said a spokeswoman.

Tony Morkane, associate director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “It’s never too late to tell people that they can strike back against heart disease. “Simple changes to lifestyles, such as giving up smoking, can prevent, control or even reverse the killer effects of the disease.

For further information about improving heart health go to www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyhearts/Pages/Lifestylechanges.aspx.