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The deaths related to heart and circulatory diseases among people under 75 years of age are on the rise for the first time in 50 years.

That’s according to the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) latest national health statistics analysis which says 42,384 people died in the UK in 2017 from conditions, including heart attack and stroke, before they turned 75. Three years earlier, the number was 41,042.

The death rates caused by heart and circulatory diseases in under 65s also recorded an all-time high in 2017 with 18,668 deaths, up from 17,982 five years earlier.

The analysis points to worrying slowdown from decades of progress that reduced the annual death rates due to heart and circulatory diseases by half since the 1960s.

The premature death rates for heart and circulatory diseases in the UK also reported a significant slowdown, as the rate fell just 9 per cent, compared to the 25 per cent fall during 2007-2012.

The BHF has developed a strategy that aims to increase investment and accelerate innovative approaches through the next decade to diagnose and support the millions of people at risk of heart attack or stroke.

“Only through the continued commitment of our researchers, the public’s generous support, and determination from governments can we ‘shift the dial’ and imagine a 2030 where fewer people live with the fear of heart and circulatory disease,” said Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the BHF.

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