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Deaths From Heart Disease ‘Almost Halve’ In UK

The number of people who die each year as a result of heart disease has fallen by nearly half in the past decade, new research has found.

Imperial College London released the findings of its latest analysis of global heart disease deaths, which showed that there were 46 deaths per 100,000 people in the UK in 2015, a significant fall from the 80 deaths per 100,000 recorded in 2005.

However, despite this improvement, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the UK and around the world.

Lung cancer was named as the second biggest cause of death in the UK in 2015, with strokes following in third.

While the improvement in the numbers relating to deaths caused by heart disease is a step in the right direction, the researchers stressed that factors such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are keeping the figure at its high level.

Dr Alexandra Nowbar, first author of the research from the university’s National Heart and Lung Institute, commented: “Obesity, blood pressure rates and rates of type 2 diabetes are on the rise, and if we don’t keep tabs on these – and encourage people to follow healthy lifestyles, we could see the trend of falling heart disease deaths reverse in the future.”

Advances in medical technology are helping doctors in their fight against a range of conditions, including heart failure. A team at Queen’s University Belfast recently revealed that they have developed a blood test that can detect heart failure at earlier stages. The hope is that by identifying it earlier, they can improve the outcomes for patients.

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