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.

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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

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