Russell Brown joins the fight against heart disease in Galloway

MP Russell Brown
MP Russell Brown

MP Russell Brown is highlighting the help available for people who want to look after their hearts as new figures reveal impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Dumfries and Galloway.

A staggering 14,300 people in Dumfries and Galloway are suffering with CVD and many more are at risk of developing it.

The British Heart Foundation has identified the burden of CVD in the area and the number of people who are most at risk of developing the potentially life-threatening condition.

The figures reveal in Dumfries and Galloway:

14,300 –people are living with cardiovascular disease

5,030 – people have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease

15,172 – people have high blood pressure

5,187 – the number of people with diabetes

Russell Brown MP said: “Heart attacks devastate lives and these figures show what an impact heart conditions have in Dumfries and Galloway.

“It is important that people living with these conditions know the support that is available to them.

“The British Heart Foundation has a free service called Heart Matters to support those with cardiovascular disease and help people reduce their risk and lead a healthier life.”

Cardiovascular disease causes 161,000 deaths in the UK every year and includes heart attacks, angina, heart failure, congenital heart disease and stroke.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and is devastating families in your local area. It is caused by a build-up of fatty material in the coronary arteries which can cause blood clots and lead to heart attacks.

High blood pressure greatly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and people with diabetes are more likely to develop coronary heart disease.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We know it can be tough living with a heart condition or trying to reduce your risk.

“That’s why we want people to sign up to Heart Matters, a fantastic resource that provides vital information to help people reduce their risk of heart disease and support those living with these conditions.

“Cardiovascular disease kills around one in four of us but with your help we will fight to change that.”

The BHF is calling on people to sign up to Heart Matters, a free service offered by the BHF to help people reduce their risk of heart disease and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Members receive an award-winning free magazine and access to healthy recipes and wellbeing tools.

The BHF also offers a helpline staffed by cardiac nurses and heart health advisors.

Find out more at www.bhf.org.uk/heartmatters