Heart failure 'a burden' on Wales

British Heart Foundation warns that the 'burden' of heart failure on Wales should not be underestimated, despite heart disease deaths falling. More people are surviving heart attacks but are then living with damaged hearts.

New campaign to highlight extent of heart failure

This television advert is part of British Heart Foundation's 'Mending Broken Hearts Appeal'.

The charity is urging people to donate towards funding research that could cure heart failure.

What is heart failure?

When you have a heart attack, your heart will suffer damage that can never be repaired. This can lead to heart failure.

When you have heart failure, your heart cannot pump blood around your body as well as it used to, which means the oxygen in your blood cannot reach the parts of your body where it is needed. In severe cases, this can leave you disabled and gasping for breath.

Read More: 'About heart failure' on British Heart Foundation website

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'More people' living with damaged hearts

The British Heart Foundation says that although heart attack deaths in Wales are falling, there is little evidence that heart failure deaths are also decreasing.

The majority of coronary heart disease deaths are a result of a heart attack.

We're undergoing an unprecedented period of change when it comes to heart health in Wales.

It is pleasing that decades of British Heart Foundation funded research has contributed to the dramatic fall in heart attack deaths over recent years. But this means that more and more people are surviving heart attacks with damaged hearts and there is now an urgent need to find ways of reversing that damage.

Our scientists are making great strides in this fight against heart failure, but success will require much more money and much more research to ensure that this momentum is not lost.

– Professor Peter Weissberg, BHF medical director

Heart disease deaths 'halved in 30 years'

Deaths from heart disease in Wales have halved over the past 30 years, according to new figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

But the charity is warning that the drop should not mask the burden heart failure continues to place on Wales.

BHF figures show around 4,300 people now die from coronary heart disease in Wales each year, compared to over 9,600 who died from the disease in 1981.

The charity is launching a new campaign to support its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, funding regenerative medicine research that could cure the condition.