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North West named heart disease capital

The North West has been named the UK heart disease capital according to a new report.

Statistics from British Heart Foundation reveal Tameside is ranked top with Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley not far behind.

In the North West alone, around 10,000 people die each year from coronary heart disease (CHD), the UK's single biggest killer.

That's why the BHF is calling on people living in the North West to fight back against the disease and supporting its life-saving research. In a new hard-hitting campaign heart patients and a BHF Professor unite to hail research as the weapon needed to win the battle against heart disease. The shocking TV advert includes the moment that sent a chill across the nation - Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest.

  • Tameside, Greater Manchester - 132
  • Ballymoney, Northern Ireland - 129
  • Glasgow, Scotland - 128
  • Blackburn with Darwen, NW England - 127
  • West Dunbartonshire, Scotland - 124
  • Hyndburn, NW England - 119
  • Ards, Northern Ireland - 117
  • Moyle, Northern Ireland - 114
  • Burnley, NW England - 113
  • Dundee, Scotland - 112

Fight for Every Heartbeat launches on Saturday 20th April with a TV advertisement. Watch it here.

Professor Peter Weissberg, BHF Medical Director, said:

"It's unacceptable that people continue to die from heart attacks, regardless of their postcode.

"Coronary heart disease is not beaten yet - it remains the single biggest killer in the UK. We urgently need the nation to unite behind our quest to fund research to eradicate this deadly disease wherever it strikes."

BHF Professor Mark Kearney, a researcher, cardiologist and 'face of' the TV advert, said: **

"I hate seeing the impact of heart disease on children, parents and grandparents - my experience in clinic is an everyday reminder that heart disease devastates too many lives.

"I'm searching for a breakthrough to put an end to the suffering. But medical research costs money and the BHF urgently needs support to rid the UK of heart disease and the misery it brings."

The BHF is calling for people to text FIGHT to 70123 and give £3 to join the fight for every heartbeat or make a donation today by visiting bhf.org.uk