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Heart attacks kill 200 under-65s every week, charity warns

Heart attacks claim the lives of almost 200 British people below retirement age every week, a charity has warned.

Across the UK last year, just under 10,000 people under the age of 65 suffered a fatal heart attack, figures from the British Heart Foundation show - around a seventh of the total number of deaths.

A heart attack occurrs somewhere in the country every three minutes Credit: PA

A heart attack occurrs somewhere in the country every three minutes, the charity said.

The Foundation's medical director, Prof Peter Weissberg, said despite progress in recent years, remarkably little was known about the processes which lead to a heart attack.

We urgently need to fund more research to find new ways to prevent and treat heart attacks, and ultimately, save more lives.

Despite knowing some of the lifestyle and genetic factors that increase the risk of heart attack, we still have no way to stop the furring of the arteries in coronary heart disease that is responsible for causing so many heart attacks.

This is a challenge that only research can provide the answer to.

– Prof Peter Weissberg, British Heart Foundation

The charity currently funds around £100 million of research into on heart and circulatory disease each year.

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