Accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK. 1
1 in 3 people who have a heart attack die before reaching hospital 1
And over 240,000 hospital episodes are attributed to stroke each year. 1
The UK spends 3.2 billion each year on healthcare costs for heart disease. 1
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While advances in medical research continue to create the potential to increase life expectancy and quality of life... the community at large isn’t playing their part. Increasing rates of obesity and diabetes in the community are creating a virtual tsunami of cardiovascular disease in the years to come.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 17 million people around the world died from cardiovascular disease in 2008, and due to the growing epidemics of diabetes and obesity, this number is expected to surge to 23 million by 2030. This means we have to prepare for a virtual tsunami of cardiovascular disease in the coming 20-30 years.
There are a number of risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Modifiable factors include poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and non-modifiable risk factors include age, sex, family history and ethnicity.
On current estimates, more than half the population could be obese by 2050. 3
And nearly 30 per cent of adults in the UK have high blood pressure and up to half are not receiving treatment.
Nearly one in five adults smoke in the UK (19%) - nearly 10 million adults. 1
Consume a low-fat diet high in fruit and vegetables, moderate your alcohol intake and exercise regularly.
Our children adopt healthy eating habits from a young age. Bring your kids up in an environment where you drink water, eat fresh food and play sport regularly.
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1 British Heart Foundation, 2014 Statistics
2 5 Department of Health, UK Food Standards Agency (2014). National Diet and Nutrition Survey: headline results from Years 1, 2 and 3 combined (2008/9-2011/12). London.
3 The State of Food and Agriculture 2013, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.