MSP shows support for those affected by heart disease

9 February 2017

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald showed his support for people affected by heart and circulatory disease at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland parliamentary exhibition last week.

This was an opportunity to learn more about the number of local people affected by heart disease in the North East and to find out how BHF Scotland is helping to save and improve the lives of people affected by heart and circulatory disease.

Lewis Macdonald said :

“Heart and circulatory disease affects thousands of people in Aberdeen and the North East.

“Across the Aberdeen and Dundee areas, 16,333 people have survived a stroke, 30,579 are living with coronary heart disease and 6,699 have heart failure. The BHF funds vital research and provides support and information for all those affected by heart and circulatory disease and their families.

“Research is vital if we are to continue making great strides in preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease in the North East and across Scotland.”

James Cant, Director of BHF Scotland, said:

“Coronary heart disease is still our single biggest killer, and these figures show that there is no part of the country that is untouched by heart and circulatory disease.

“That’s why we’re currently investing £63 million in research in Scotland. Since 1961 we’ve helped halve the number of Scots dying from heart and circulatory disease.

“We were delighted to meet Lewis Macdonald at the Scottish Parliament, and share this important information about the risk factors in the North East, and the numbers of people affected by these devastating conditions.

“Thanks to BHF research, we can offer them hope for the future.”

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