A TOTAL of 146 people in Ilkeston will die of heart disease this year, according to the British Heart Foundation and the NHS.
The figures, published to mark National Wear Red Day on Friday, also show the effect the disease can have on people’s lives.
Now NHS staff have been encouraging residents to wear red and donate £1 in support of the disease which is currently the largest cause of death in the UK.
Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a family history of heart disease can put an individual at greater risk.
For more information about heart disease and its effects, visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Healthyhearts/Pages/Lifestylechanges.aspx.