The British Heart Foundation has said that the number of heart attacks in the UK is 50,000 higher than previously thought. According to the charity's figures, numbers are 35% higher than estimates have suggested, with around 175,000 heart attacks thought to take place each year. The figures translate to one person having a heart attack every three minutes, the charity said.
Statins are a "safe, effective, cholesterol-lowering drug" and are proven to lower the risk of heart disease, according to the British Heart Foundation.
Genetic tests for the children of parents with heart problems "can save their life", a health chief has said.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said:
There is an "urgent need" to increase research into inherited heart conditions as an estimated half a million people in the UK could be living with faulty genes, experts have said.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the amount of people living with a faulty gene which put them at risk of developing heart disease or dying suddenly was much high higher than the previous estimate of 380,000.
The charity said that despite advancements in research, many faulty genes still remain undiscovered.
More than a third of people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat healthily due to high food prices, a charity has warned.
A survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests that two thirds of people in the UK would like to eat more healthily, but 42% said they cannot because it is too expensive.
Soaring food prices have seen grocery bills rise almost twice as fast as rent in the last five years, the BHF said, leaving nearly 40% of people admitting they have to sacrifice healthiness for cost when it comes to groceries.
Coroners could help save the lives of hundreds of people by telling bereaved family members to get themselves screened for inherited heart conditions, a charity has said.
New guidance which calls on coroners in England and Wales to recommend that family members of those who die of genetic heart conditions get themselves a check-up could "save hundreds of lives", the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said.
The heart charity said a death in the family can sometimes be the first time people find out about an inherited ailment, yet even after such deaths family members do not always get themselves screened.
It said that every year in the UK around 600 people under the age of 35 die suddenly, with no apparent explanation or cause, and many of these deaths are due to an inherited heart condition.
Checking your pulse is a simple way of seeing if you are at risk of a heart condition that could lead to strokes, the chief executive of the British Heart Foundation has said, after new research revealed that more than a million people had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
Simon Gillespie said:
The British Heart Foundation has revealed that more than a million people in the UK now live with a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly and can lead to strokes.
According to the research:
- The heart condition causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, frequently leading to dizziness and shortness of breath
- Sufferers may also feel palpitations and become very tired
- A normal heart rate should be between 60 and 100 beats a minute when a person is resting, with a regular rhythm
- Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms and are completely unaware that their heart rate is irregular
- If left untreated, atrial fibrillation can significantly increase the risk of a blood clot forming inside the heart, which increases the risk of stroke five-fold
- The BHF said atrial fibrillation is responsible for 22,500 strokes a year in the UK