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Yorkshire has highest rate of heart-related deaths in England

Thursday 27th September 2018
New data has confirmed that Yorkshire remains the worst place in England for cardiovascular health.
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People living in Yorkshire are the most likely to die from heart and circulatory deaths of any English region, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has noted. 

Official government figures have shown that 13,500 people in the Yorkshire and Humber region die from heart disease, strokes or vascular dementia every year. When compared with the population of the region - more than five million - it is ten per cent higher than the average for England. 

The figures are part of a long-term trend in the region, which has had England's highest death rates from cardiovascular conditions in every year since 2011. 

The highest rate of all was found in Kingston-upon-Hull at 334 per 100,000, followed by Scarborough at 327 per 100,000. Bradford had 300, Leeds 288 and North East Lincolnshire 285.

Chief executive of the BHF Simon Gillespie said: "These statistics are a powerful reminder that heart and circulatory disease devastate thousands of families across Yorkshire, and the rest of the UK. Every three minutes someone loses a loved one to heart and circulatory disease in the UK."  

Responding to the situation, the BHF has erected a 2.4-metre-high art sculpture called the Heart of Steel at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield. People can have their names or that of a loved one engraved on it for a £20 donation, with the money going to fund cardiology research. 

This will add to the support already being given by the BHF to support new research. Its work in Yorkshire includes funding Professor Tim Chico at the University of Sheffield, who is studying how zebrafish are able to repair damaged hearts, something humans cannot do.

He commented: "I wouldn’t be able to carry out this research without the funding I receive from the British Heart Foundation," noting that those donating to the Heart of Steel will be "helping power lifesaving research”.

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