More people in the North West have heart failure than anywhere else in the UK. Granada Reports was given exclusive access to the figures from a study by The British Heart Foundation.
But there is some better news that research on Viagra could lead to a breakthrough in treatment. Ralph Blunsom reports:
Good Morning Britain is launching #Heels4Hearts, a campaign to help give secondary school pupils in the UK the opportunity to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
They are appealing to the public to donate unwanted, wearable shoes to British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops during the campaign (23rd to 28th March) which will then go towards funding CPR training kits in secondary schools and sixth form colleges across the UK.
Heels 4 Hearts, supported by the BHF, aims to help provide secondary school and sixth form colleges in the UK with CPR training kits so that young people can learn life-saving skills.
A little girl has helped a charity raise over half a million pounds even though she is only 3 years old.
We first met Rosanna Ogden last year when her parents took her swimming to help her recover after heart surgery.
Rosanna proved a natural water baby.
She's since gone on to represent the British Heart Foundation as the face of their little hearts campaign.
She's now credited with helping them raise over £500,000.
Rosanna and her family have been speaking to Tony and Rachel:-
The North West is home to the heart disease capital of the country.
New figures show that Tameside is the worst place for heart health. The British Heart Foundation is launching a new campaign calling for more research into the disease.
Keri Eldridge has this report.
The top ten most dangerous places for heart health have been revealed today - and the North West has more than any other UK region.
New statistics show that Tameside is the UK's heart disease capital, and Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley also all feature in the top ten worst places in the UK for heart health.
The figures were released by the British Heart Foundation on the launch of its Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign.
In the North West alone, around 10,000 people die each year from coronary heart disease (CHD), the UK's single biggest killer.
The British Heart Foundation is calling on people across the UK to fight back against heart disease.
The charity has launched a new national campaign which brings together heart patients and scientists to talk about the research which is needed to fight the disease.
The moving TV advert also features the moment that footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered from an on pitch cardiac arrest.
New figures from the British Heart Foundation have revealed the inequalities in deaths from heart disease across the country.
Worst heart health towns in the UK (2009 to 2011):
- Tameside, Greater Manchester has a death rate of 132
- Ballymoney, Northern Ireland has a death rate of 129
- Glasgow, Scotland has a death rate of 128
- Blackburn with Darwen, NW England has a death rate of 127
- West Dunbartonshire, Scotland has a death rate of 124
Best heart health town in the UK (2009 to 2011):
- Kensington and Chelsea, London has a death rate of 39