More than twenty thousand cyclists have taken part in the fifty four-mile London to Brighton bike ride, raising more than two million pounds for the British Heart Foundation. From the finishing line, John Ryall sent this report.
People in some parts of Britain are four times more likely to die from heart disease than those in other regions, a charity has said. Latest figures uncovered by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show "shocking inequalities" in the number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease, the charity said. The BHF has released a list of the places with the highest and lowest death rates for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Parts of Hampshire and Surrey have the lowest death rates from CVD in under 75s. Across the UK around 100 people under the age of 75 die from CVD every day. In Hart, Hampshire, 34.9 people out of every 100,000 under the age of 75 die prematurely from CVD. In Winchester, Hampshire, the figure is 43.4 people out of every 100,000. In Mole Valley, Surrey, 44.8 people out of every 100,000 under the age of 75 die prematurely from CVD. In Waverley, Surrey, that figure is 47.1 people out of every 100,000.
A baby who was born with half a heart and was given just a 50 per cent chance of survival has amazed doctors by recovering - thanks to swimming lessons. Charlie Cob, from Brighton, had to undergo open heart surgery just hours after being born.
Even after the surgery he suffered a huge heart attack, underwent two more operations, and was hospitalised countless times after developing infections. But he is now thriving and his mother believes his weekly swimming lessons have been the key to his improvement
Around twenty eight thousand cyclists are expected to take part in the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride this morning.
During the event, fundraisers set off from Clapham Common in London between 6am and 10am. The journey to Brighton's seafront is about 54 miles.
A supermarket chain has joined forces with the South East Coast Ambulance Service to install life saving equipment in its stores. It comes after a man collapsed and died of a heart attack outside a shop. Tom Savvides has this report.
Uckfield High Street is closed this morning following a major fire overnight.
Four properties have been damaged in the blaze including charity shops for the British Heart Foundation and Sense.