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National Heart Month

Newsdate: 17th February 2010

February is National Heart Month, run by the British Heart Foundation, and is a chance to take a stand against heart disease, the UK’s biggest killer.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a stall at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, offering information and advice on all issues of the heart.

Trust staff pictured supporting National Heart Month

This is an opportunity for patients and visitors to speak with the staff and nurses from the Cardiology department and the Coronary Care Unit (CCU). The staff will also be promoting Dr. Naqvi’s “Heart Beat Appeal”, which is aiming to raise more than £1m to relocate the CCU into the Cardiology department and fund new life saving equipment.

Every year, heart and circulatory disease claims around 94,000 lives.  That’s 89 mothers and 99 fathers being taken from their families every day. Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation, including heart disease, stroke, heart failure and congenital heart disease.

Carolyn Dereszkiewicz, Matron, Cardiology Services said, “The Cardiology service is a flagship of the hospital. It provides gold standard care to the population of Wigan for patients with Coronary Heart Disease. We are supporting National Heart Month to join the campaign to fight heart disease, as well as raising money for the Heart Beat Appeal. Our services are already in place to care and treat patients, but we want to extend the message and raise awareness to staff, visitors and our patients on preventative steps and to raise awareness of this disease.”

Heart disease, by itself, is the UK’s biggest killer and the most common cause of premature death in the UK (death before the age of 75).

Our current figures show:

  • one in five men and one in seven women die from heart disease
  • that’s around 94,000 deaths in the UK each year; over 250 every day
  • around 2.5 million people are living with heart disease in the UK.