A New survey has shown that Scotland’s biggest killer is cardiovascular disease with 72% of Scots affected either as individuals or someone close to them has been.
The YouGov survey of 1000 Scots shows that despite heart disease being Scotland’s biggest killer half of us are not concerned about it.
The Heart of Scotland Appeal is a new campaign from national charity Heart Research UK to draw attention to the severity of cardiovascular disease in Scotland.
Current statistics show that you are almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease in Scotland than in the South East of England.
The money raised will all be spent in Scotland, funding pioneering research in to the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease at Scottish hospitals and universities.
21 June 2019 marked the inaugural Heart of Scotland day, and Heart Research UK are calling on people across Scotland to show their support for the appeal.
Barbara Harpham, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK, said:
“It is worrying to see that, despite the number of people with loved ones being affected by cardiovascular disease, so many people are not concerned about it.
“We are urging all Scots to take cardiovascular disease seriously and support the Heart of Scotland appeal so we can all keep our loved ones around for longer.”
People can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by following a healthy diet, not smoking and taking exercise.
To donate to the Heart of Scotland Appeal or to enquire about badges and t-shirts,
please visit heartofscotland.org.uk or call 0113 234 7474