[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 23:42 GMT 00:42 UK
Heart attacks 'every 15 minutes'
Heart monitor
The figures suggest a tenth of Scots have circulatory problems
Someone has a heart attack in Scotland every 15 minutes, according to a leading health charity.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said it hoped the statistic would help raise awareness of the dangers of ignoring chest pain.

It urged people to seek help at the first sign of trouble, instead of risking a potentially fatal seizure.

Scotland is the heart attack capital of the UK with a death rate 70% higher than the south east of England for men.

There were 10,331 deaths from coronary heart disease across the country in 2005, almost all of which would have been from heart attacks.

'Delay can kill'

Although the number has been falling consistently, it is still the UK's single biggest killer.

Currently nearly one in every 10 Scots is believed to live with some form of heart and circulatory disease.

BHF Scotland's Dr Mary Church said: "Doubting your symptoms and delaying taking action can kill.

"There are 140,000 people in Scotland who can testify to the fact that heart attacks are not always as they are portrayed on TV.

"Sadly, there are more than a million more in the last 10 years, throughout the UK, who have not survived, and aren't here to tell us what it feels like.

"Many of those who have died will have had some form of warning which they may not have realised was the beginnings of a heart attack."

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are central chest pain spreading to the arms, neck or jaw and feeling sick, sweaty or short of breath.




VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
An expert and a patient express their views



SEE ALSO
Widower's anger over 999 'delay'
20 Apr 07 |  Edinburgh and East
Drive to cut Asian heart deaths
30 Nov 06 |  Health
Call to tackle Asian heart risk
12 Mar 06 |  Health
Asian people's heart risk studied
17 Aug 05 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific