WORLD HEART DAY 29th September 2020September 24th, 2020

WORLD HEART DAY 29th September 2020

World Heart Day 29th Sept 2020. In collaboration with Liverpool Center for Cardiovascular Science

Due to some very sterling work by one of our Trustees Lynn Hedgcoe VSF is now the chosen charity of the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS) for the year 2020/21. Very well done Lynn!

In collaboration with our partners LCCS, we are putting together a series of short information bulletins, podcasts, thumbnails etc. on a daily basis to highlight the effects of Cardiovascular disease and simple healthy tips on reducing your risks,

Today the Facts:

  • Around 44,000 people under the age of 75 in the UK die from heart and circulatory diseases each year. In England, these early deaths (before the age of 75) are most common in the north of England.

  • In the UK, 1 in 7 men and 1 in 12 women die from coronary heart disease 

  • Coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women in the UK as breast cancer

  • Every 8 minutes someone in the UK dies from coronary heart disease
  • Stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the UK. Every year there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK – that’s one stroke every 5 minutes
  • Congenital heart disease is a heart condition or defect that develops in the womb before a baby is born. Heart defects are diagnosed in at least 1 in 150 births – that’s an average of 13 babies each day in the UK – with more people diagnosed later in life
  • Thanks to research, around 8 out of 10 babies born with congenital heart disease now survive to adulthood.

  • Around 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene which puts them at an unusually high risk of developing heart disease or dying suddenly at a young age 

  • Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a high attack or stroke. It is estimated that 6-8 million people are living with undiagnosed or uncontrolled high blood pressure


  • Adults with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to develop heart and circulatory diseases, and are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as those without diabetes 

  • Being more active reduces your risk of developing heart and circulatory disease
  • More than a third of adults in the UK (37 per cent) do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity (150 minutes each week) 

  • It is estimated that up to 20,000 deaths in the UK each year from heart and circulatory diseases can be attributed to smoking 

  • Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing heart disease. Around 27 per cent of adults in the UK are obese (BMI over 30) and in addition more than a third (35%) are overweight (BMI 25-30) 


  • Only around a quarter of UK adults and one in six children in England and Scotland consume the recommended minimum five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. 

  • Around a quarter of adults in the UK exceed national guidelines for weekly alcohol intake; no level of use is without risk. 

  • Drinking too much alcohol can cause abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle and other diseases such as stroke, liver problems and some cancers
  • People in Liverpool live shorter lives than the national average, and spend a greater proportion of their life living with disability and poor health.
  • Healthy life expectancy for men in Liverpool is 57.4 years, and 57.7 years for women, compared to 63.4 years (for men) and 64.1 years (for women) in the rest of the UK
  • In 2016, there were 4,500 deaths in Liverpool, 1000 of which were attributable to smoking
  • Cardiovascular disease (diseases of the heart and circulation) kills 1 in 5 people in Liverpool.

Tips for a healthier heart:

  • Small changes can make big differences: Increase your exercise by getting of the bus one stop early; take the stairs instead of the lift/escalator; replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk with a friend
  • Find a sport/activity you enjoy: walking, running, dancing, gardening, swimming, football, trampolining, cycling, canoeing, tennis, rock-climbing
  • YOU can improve YOUR health- START TODAY: stop smoking; reduce alcohol intake; eat more fruit and veg; exercise more; maintain a healthy body weight; reduce salt and sugar intake
  • Know your pulse – if it is irregular, go to see your family doctor/GP