Heart attacks kill nearly 1,800 people prematurely each year in the East Midlands, new figures from the British Heart Foundation have revealed.
That includes an average of 39 under 75s in Erewash each year.
The charity estimates that more than 22,000 people under the age of 75 across the UK suffered a fatal heart attack, in 2014.
The figures have been released as the BHF launches a new campaign to highlight how heart conditions, including heart attack, suddenly devastate families across the country on a daily basis.
A heart attack strikes someone every three minutes in the UK - with almost 188,000 heart attacks treated in UK hospitals in 2013/2014. This figure is up from 175,000 the year before, which the charity says could be due to better diagnosis and recording.