According to a study carried out by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), deaths from cardiovascular diseases has increased since 2014.
In 2017, cardiovascular outcomes such as stroke and heart attacks were responsible for 42,384 deaths in people below the age of 75, compared to 41,042 deaths in 2014. Furthermore, cardiovascular deaths in people below 65 has also been increasing since 2012, with 18,668 deaths in 2017 compared to 17,982 in 2012. “In the UK we’ve made phenomenal progress in reducing the number of people who die of a heart attack or stroke. But we’re seeing more people die each year from heart and circulatory diseases in the UK before they reach their 75th, or even 65th, birthday. We are deeply concerned by this reversal,” said Simon Gillespie, chief executive at BHF.
The team also added that the decline in death rates which was 19% five years ago has also slowed down, and the population has been on the increase, which could be contributing to the issue at hand. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of premature deaths from diseases decreased by 9%, compared to 25% between 2007 and 2012. Gillespie added, “Heart and circulatory diseases remain a leading cause of death in the UK, with millions at risk because of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. We need to work in partnership with governments, the NHS and the medical research community to increase research investment and accelerate innovative approaches to diagnose and support the millions of people at risk of a heart attack or stroke.”
The BHF now plans to raise £1 billion to fund research spanning over the next decade which can improve health outcomes in people with cardiovascular disease through early detection and treatment.