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Nation's biggest ever heart survey launched

22nd September 2005

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) today called for people across the UK to take part in the nation's biggest-ever heart survey.

The survey will be issued to more than 175,000 people in order to better understand the state of the nation's heart health.

Completing the heart survey and being part of the national campaign will help the BHF identify what the British public think about heart disease and their knowledge of BHF work.

Statistics show that death rates from coronary heart disease are falling, yet the number of people living with the condition is increasing.

Currently around 1.1 million women and over 1.5 million men are living with the effects of heart disease and this figure is rising.

At present there are over 1,200 research projects taking place around the UK, which are helping to reduce the number of premature deaths as a result of heart disease and improve the lives of those living with the condition.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: "Completing the survey will only take a couple of minutes, but the information provided will be invaluable in helping us understand the nation's heart health.

"We are also hoping that the heart survey will increase awareness of heart disease and encourage everyone to take greater responsibility for their own heart health."