Campaign launched to tackle heart disease
A charity’s calling for more to be done to prevent heart disease.
Mortality rates for Scots with heart disease are above the UK average – with more than a quarter of all deaths due to the condition.
Heart Research UK’s launched a nationwide campaign in a bid to tackle the issue.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Heart disease affects far too many people across Scotland and we need to do all we can to help combat the disease. This is why I welcome Heart of Scotland and commend everyone involved in its work.
“By business, government and civic society coming together and combining our efforts, we can make a real difference to lives across Scotland, and I am sure the Heart of Scotland appeal will be a great success.”
Barbara Harpham, Heart Research UK Chief Executive: “Most people in Scotland will have been touched by heart disease, the nation’s single biggest killer. The Heart of Scotland appeal is an opportunity for Scots to take on heart disease together.
“We want this campaign to reach ever corner of the country, Highlands and Islands, Lowlands, coast and country, and raise money to fund pioneering medical research in Scotland’s hospitals and universities.
“The fact is, you are almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease in Scotland than you are in the South-east of England. This needs to change and we need Scotland’s help.”