The number of people dying from heart and circulatory diseases before they reach their 75th birthday is on the rise for the first time in 50 years, according to our analysis of the latest national health statistics.
The figures show an upward trend in deaths since 2014, with 42,384 people dying from conditions including heart attack and stroke in the UK before the age of 75 in 2017, compared to 41,042 three years earlier.
The figures have been released as we launch our new strategy, which warns against complacency, and sets ambitions for the UK to halve premature death and disability from stroke, and increase heart attack survival to 90% by 2030.
The number of deaths caused by heart and circulatory diseases in under 65s is also increasing, peaking at 18,668 in 2017, up from 17,982 five years earlier. This represents a 4% rise in the last five years, compared to a 19% decline in the five years before.
At the heart of the BHF’s strategy is an ambition to raise the funds to support £1 billion of research over the next ten years to save and improve the lives of people with heart and circulatory diseases.,
The strategy sets out key measures to make sure those with existing conditions and risk factors are detected and treated early, with more effective medicines and interventions. It also says that everyone, regardless of factors like gender, age, ethnicity, or where they live, should have access to the treatment, care and support that they need.