Heart Deaths Up for First Time in 50 Years

London, Deaths from heart and circulatory

diseases among people under 75 is on the rise for the first time in 50

years, United Kingdom (UK) figures show.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says increasing rates of

diabetes and obesity are partly responsible.

In 2017, there were 42,384 deaths in under-75s from heart and

circulatory conditions, up from 41,042 in 2014.

The charity says the historic pace of progress in reducing these

deaths “has slowed to a near standstill”.

Heart and circulatory diseases remain a leading cause of death in

the UK, with millions at risk because of conditions like high blood


Other risk factors include high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes,

smoking and family history.

According to the charity’s report, more than 14 million adults

have high blood pressure, but nearly 5 million do not know it because

they have yet to be diagnosed.

And around 15 million, or one in every four, adults in the UK is


Over the last five years, the UK has seen an 18% increase in

people diagnosed with diabetes. Circulatory diseases include stroke

and diseases of the arteries.

Historically, the UK has made great strides at treating and

preventing heart disease, thanks to better prevention – getting more

people to stop smoking, for example – and new treatments.

The BHF says a slowdown in the rate of improvement in death

rates combined with a growing population is partly to blame for the

reversal it is now seeing.

Between 2012 and 2017, the premature death rates for heart

and circulatory disease in the UK fell by just 9%, compared with a fall

of 25% between 2007 and 2012, the BBC news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency