- New research released sees 70% of people aged 45 and over say they are not worried about their heart health, despite the fact that over 2.3 million people are thought to be living with some form of coronary heart disease in the UK
- Almost half did not know heart disease is the biggest health-related cause of death in the UK, despite the fact that 152,436 people die of the disease every year, an average of 417 people per day
- Around one in seven in that age group admit they have never done anything to try and actively improve their heart health – however, if the two main causes of heart disease are unhealthy blood and high cholesterol a simple lifestyle change can make a big difference to help prevent such diseases and strokes occurring.
Millions of people aged 45 and over could be seriously jeopardising their health because of a lack of concern over the state of their hearts. That’s the warning coming today, after new research shows that 70% of people aged 45 – the age group most at risk – and over are not concerned about their heart health at all.
Whilst an estimated 2.3 million people in the UK are living with a condition of coronary heart disease, the research shows that the majority of the population do not regard it as being a life threatening concern. Even the over 45’s, those at the greatest risk from heart problems, are only slightly more concerned than those under 45, with only 27% in that age group, worried!
Furthermore, around one in seven 45 and overs don’t do anything to actively improve their heart health – only slightly less than 26% under 45s who admitted the same.
Across all age groups, over half (51%) were not aware that heart disease is the biggest health-related cause of death in the UK.
152,436 people have died in the UK over the last year from heart disease, an average of 417 people per day. If this rate continues over the next 20 years over 3 million people will be at risk
The survey, commissioned by Sirco – the first scientifically proven drink to help maintain cardiovascular health – also questioned people as to what lifestyle changes they have made to help improve their heart health.
Less than half of all British adults say they exercise more, 39% have cut down on their intake of saturated fats, and 37% have cut down on their salt intake.
The study also showed a lack of awareness around what can lead to a heart attack, with almost a third not realising that blood clots can be a contributor.