Coronary heart disease (CHD) is arguably the the UK’s biggest killer. CHD develops when the blood supply to the muscles and tissues of the heart becomes obstructed by the build-up of fatty materials inside the walls of the coronary arteries.
Some facts from the British Heart Foundation:
- CHD causes round 74,000 deaths each year. That’s an average of 200 people every day
- In the UK, there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with the condition
- About one in six men and one in nine women die from the disease
- Death rates are highest in Scotland and northern England
- In the past couple of decades, deaths from CHD have nearly halved due to better treatments
The BBC website has some information on CHD and what causes heart attacks. You can see the full story by clicking here.