32,000 live with heart disease

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WIGAN has one of the highest death rates from heart problems in the country.

Local health teams today pledged support for a crussade to raise awareness to tackle this deadly problem

Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group is urging people to get involved with The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Rock Up In Red campaign after startling figures show that the borough has a rate of 23 per 100,000 people under 75 dying from heart failure.

That’s compared to a national average of 16 per 100,000.

A study by the BHF revealed that around 32,000 people in Wigan have heart and circulatory disease, making it one of the highest ranking areas in the North West behind Liverpool, with 43,000 Manchester, 38,000 and Wirral, 33,000. But all three of those areas have larger populations than Wigan.

The Rock Up In Red drive, which launches on February 1 – National Heart Month – helps raise funds for those living with heart and circulatory disease by inviting people to wear red – whether it be painting their nails red, wearing a red tie or socks.

Kate Ardern, executive director of public health for Wigan, said: “We fully support the BHF Rock Up In Red campaign in February because heart disease is a major problem across the Wigan borough.”