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Rise in people under 75 dying from heart disease

The number of people in Scotland dying from heart disease – before they reach 75 – has increased for the first time in half a century.

There were 4,764 premature deaths from heart attack and stroke in 2017 – an almost six percent rise from three years earlier.

The British Heart Foundation says the “worrying” figures show that progress is “slowing down”.

The charity aim to halve premature death and disability from stroke – and increase survival from heart attack to 90% by 2030.

James Cant, Director of BHF Scotland, said: “We’ve made phenomenal progress in reducing the number of people who die of a heart attack or stroke each day. But these figures show a worrying and unnecessary slowdown in the pace of progress. The result is that we’re still seeing too many people die each year from heart and circulatory diseases – around 50 people each day in Scotland.

“It’s vital that we guard against complacency. Heart and circulatory diseases cause around thirty per cent of all deaths in Scotland. We want to do more, with a renewed focus to tackle these issues. With the continued commitment of our researchers and the public’s generous support, we hope that the next ten years will see us make unparalleled progress towards our vision of a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.”

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