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Heart failure figures decrease

The latest British Heart Foundation statistics have shown a promising decrease in the percentage of both men and women under 75 dying of heart failure.

The figures show a major 71% decrease of coronary heart disease over the last 20 years. Although these figures appear promising, local charity Chest Heart and Stroke say that heart failure among many older people still remains a regular danger.

Chest Heart and Stroke’s Chief Executive Andrew Dougal claims more support services within communities across Northern Ireland should be made available.

“If people aren’t dying young of heart disease they will often encounter later in life heart failure,” he said.

“It is important that we have a heart failure service in the community in every part of Northern Ireland”.

The figures were announced today marking the British Heart Foundation’s Chest Pain Awareness Day.

(SB/SP)


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