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50,000 more heart attacks in UK than previously thought

The number of heart attacks in the UK each year has been grossly underestimated, the British Heat Foundation believes. 

New estimates suggest that there are 175,000 heart attacks in the UK, 50,000 (35%) more than previously estimated. 

Each day, 480 people will go to hospital after suffering a heart attack, the equivalent of one person every three minutes. 

The British Heart Foundation believes the need to fight cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, is as urgent as ever.

British Heart Foundation chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “We now know there are 50,000 more heart attacks happening across the UK than previously thought. The revised figure is a stark reminder of the vital work still needed if we're to stop people from suddenly losing a parent, grandparent, partner or sibling to a heart attack.

“The world class research we're funding is helping improve diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, and we're working to prevent them from happening in the first place. With the support of the public we want increase our investment in this research, which will yield life-saving medical advances.”