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According to the new edition of the Coronary Heart Disease Statistics (2010) published by the British Heart Foundation, deaths as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD) continue to fall. This is a result of increased better public understanding of the risk factors involved (diet, exercise, drinking and smoking) and continued improvement in treatment availability. However, there is still much work to be done because heart disease is still the UK's number one killer. Health experts continue to worry about the rising obesity rates which they fear may halt the downward trend. The following is a list of the UK’s most recent heart disease statistics:
Also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease is the main cause of death in the UK. It accounts for:
• 180,000 British deaths (2009) or 1 in 3 of all deaths.
Other Interesting Figures:
• More than 1/3 of UK men and nearly 1/3 of women regularly drink more than the daily recommended level of alcohol intake.
Coronary heart disease is a collective term to describe diseases which cause constriction of the coronary arteries. The 2 most common side effects of CHD are heart attacks and angina attacks. The most common type of CHD is coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries. It frequently occurs in people with high diets in cholesterol, saturated fats and refined carbs. Other risk factors include diabetes, smoking and hypertension.
• Death rates due to CHD are highest in Scotland and Northern England and lowest in the South of England.
Heart Attacks Statistics
In general, the incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack) increases with age. The incidence is higher in men than women but differentiation reduces with age.
• 124,000 heart attacks every year in the UK.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is restricted. It can vary in severity from a brief weakness to tingling in the limbs to paralysis, coma and death.
• Stroke accounted for 7 percent of all male deaths and 8 percent of all female deaths in the UK in 2008.
A recent Netherlands study of 250 patients demonstrated that the risks of dying of a stroke due to a brain aneurysm were increased by nose blowing, exercise and coffee. 10 percent of aneurysms were triggered by coffee, 8 percent by physical activity, 5 percent by nose blowing, 4 percent by sex and 3.5 percent by drinking cola.
Angina (pectoris) is considered a symptom of CHD and is characterized by a tightness or heaviness in the center of the chest which can spread of the arms, neck, face, jaw, arms, stomach or back. An angina attack occurs when there is some sort of restriction in the arteries which blocks blood flow to the heart. It is most likely to be set off with exercise and usually lasts a few minutes. It disappears again with rest.
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