It’s responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK each year. About 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from CHD. In the UK, there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with CHD and around 2 million people affected by angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease).
A blockage in the coronary arteries which restricts blood flow. Similar to a blocked pipe.
How many people die of coronary heart disease?
Every 7 minutes someone in the UK will have a heart attack.
- Every 12 minutes someone in the UK will have a stroke.
- 1.2 million men and 900,000 women are living with chronic angina.
- 20,000 new cases of angina and 25,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed.
- 1 million men and nearly 500,000 women are living with the after effects of a heart attack.
- 600,000 men and 600,000 women are living with the after effects of a stroke.
- Over 1.6 million men and over 1 million women are living with CHD.
- 800,000 people are living with heart failure.
- Overall CVD is estimated to cost the UK economy 19 billion – 46% direct healthcare costs, 34% productivity losses and 20% to informal care of people with CVD.
Do heart attacks only happen to older people?
NO! Heart attacks sadly can affect anyone. Sometimes due to lifestyle and lack of health awareness, sometimes stress and others are undiagnosed. This is especially true with athletes that have collapsed due to heart failure however fit and healthy.
Common causes include:
Lack of Exercise
- Vice like crushing chest pain which may radiate down the arm
- Rapid or irregular pulse
- Fear and anxiety
- Impending sense of doom
- Pale, cold and clammy skin
- Ashen coloured skin
- Rapid breathing, shortness of breath
- Pain will not ease with resting
- Collapse without warning
- Sit the casualty on the floor and bend and support their knees
- Call 999/112 and mention you suspect a heart attack
- Ask for a Defibrillator
- Allow the casualty to take their own medication and if possible chew a 300 mg aspirin ( If safe to do so)
- Ensure they rest and remain calm
- Be prepared to resuscitate
This guidance is great but no substitute for a practical First Aid course.
We teach Heart Attack in more detail on the following courses.