There are over 2.7 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease. Heart and circulatory disease remains the UK's biggest killer and still claims one in three lives every year.
Derby is one of the first 50 places in the UK to become a Heart City, offering people practical steps to improve their heart health. We have teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and NHS Derby and Derbyshire to work together on a range of exciting plans to increase people's knowledge about what causes heart disease, how it can be prevented, and how to aid recovery. We will help raise awareness about coronary heart disease, its causes, treatment and prevention. Derby's Heart City status will initially last for a five-year period.
Coronary heart disease is the biggest cause of death in Derby and having high blood pressure and diabetes doubles the risk of heart disease. Around 50,000 heart patients are treated at the Royal Derby Hospital every year.
As a Heart City we hope to bring the community together to tackle heart health and improve the lives of every single person living in Derby.
We also hope to raise funds for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which was launched in 2011 to celebrate the BHF's 50th anniversary. The appeal is one of the charities most ambitious projects ever. Its goal is simple – to fund the research that could begin to literally 'mend broken hearts'.
Every single day 340 people have their lives shattered by a heart attack. For many, this can lead to severe heart failure, a condition that cuts short thousands of lives every year. But now scientists have the first real hope that these lives could be saved. At the moment, there's no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But there is hope. This ground-breaking research will help us to learn how to teach the human heart to 'heal itself'.
The BHF has committed to spending £50 million over the next five years to make this happen. But they can't do it without your help. Please help give hope to hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients across the UK and support the appeal.
You can support Derby Heart City and raise funds to help mend broken hearts. Find out how you can host your own fundraising event with friends, family or colleagues.
You can also volunteer in shops or at fundraising events.
One of the best ways to help prevent and treat coronary heart disease is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Some of the ways to reduce the risk are by:
Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can all be helped by switching to a healthier lifestyle.
Visit the Take Heart Derby website to find out more about support for heart patients, their families and carers. Take Heart (Derby) is the local heart support group affiliated to the British Heart Foundation.
Visit the British Heart Foundation website for more information about how to improve your lifestyle and take a lifestyle check.