Increased number of people in North-east given heart disease diagnosis

Heart disease stats increase in NHS Grampian

The number of people diagnosed with heart disease in the North-east has risen for the first time in five years.

Last year, more than 7,200 cases of heart attack, heart failure, angina, chest pain and coronary heart disease were recorded by NHS Grampian.

Heart failure saw the biggest jump in admissions, rising by more than 100 cases between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Until last year, the number of people who were suffering from heart disease in the North-east had been steadily falling.

Its peak was almost 10,000 cases in the region for 2011/12 but this fell to a decade-long low in 2014/15 of around 6,000 cases.

The British Heart Foundation said that although the latest statistics show an increase in heart disease diagnosis in the region, it did not expect that the number will continue to climb.

Last year the charity committed to stepping up its work with NHS Grampian, after it was revealed that cardiac patients in the North-east were facing a 40-week wait for treatment.

The charity urged anyone with problems due to enduring long waits to get in touch for advice, and said that it planned to contact the Government about spiralling waiting times for Grampian’s heart patients.

While deaths from coronary heart disease have fallen across Scotland by more than 40% since 2005/06, the latest records show cases of other heart diseases are continuing to rise.

Last year 214,482 people were admitted to Scottish health boards for heart complaints – up from 202,704 in 2014/15 and a 10-year high.

The Scottish Government’s Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “We continue to implement our refreshed Heart Disease Improvement Plan, which sets out the priorities and actions to deliver improved prevention, treatment, and care for all people in Scotland living with heart disease.”