Give your heart a real workout

ONE in 20 Hartlepool people is living with a heart disease.

But in a new campaign launched today, the Hartlepool Mail has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to bring down the statistics in Olympic year.

The gravity of the town’s serious heart problems have been revealed in BHF statistics.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the biggest killer in the UK so we asked the British Heart Foundation for the latest levels of the condition in Hartlepool.

They show nearly 4,500 people in Hartlepool are living with CHD out of 2.7m with the disease across the UK.

The town’s CHD rate stands at about five per cent of the population while the percentage for the UK is 4.3 per cent.

Statistics also show 120 people a year are dying from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the town, out of 91,000 annual deaths in the UK.

The BHF has given their support to the Mail at a time when;

l 4,491 people are registered with the Hartlepool Primary Care Trust as having Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

l The male death rate from CHD in Hartlepool is seven per cent higher than the average for England.

l The town’s female death rate from CHD is 12 per cent higher than the national average.

l Hartlepool was the first town in the North of England to be declared as a BHF Heart Town, which means it has been targeted by BHF to do more to bring communities together, raise awareness of heart disease, and offer residents a raft of support services.

BHF’s fundraising volunteer manager in Hartlepool, Fiona Turner, said: “Deaths from coronary heart disease are higher in Hartlepool than the England average so it is vital that we all work together to look after our hearts and our health, especially as Hartlepool is a BHF Heart Town.

“Simple lifestyle changes like eating your five-a-day and taking 30 minutes of exercise a day can help to reduce this risk.

“This campaign is a great idea and I hope the local community will support it and get on board.”

As well as heart disease problems, figures also show that one in five of Hartlepool’s population still smokes.

And the town’s drinking rate is also worrying.

Figures released last year show one in four people in town were classed as “binge” drinkers, downing at least twice the daily recommended amount of alcohol in a single session.

To find out more about the work of the British Heart Foundation, contact 0845 1308663.