More people die prematurely from diseases of the heart and arteries than anything else – 150,000 a year in England alone, roughly half from heart attacks and a quarter from strokes, according to current statistics from the British Heart Foundation.
It used to be many more men than women that died from heart disease, but in recent years the numbers have evened out, with more women than men dying from strokes. At least 20,000 deaths occur prematurely in people under the age of 75.
In the UK, there are an estimated 2.6 million people living with the condition and angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease), which causes a tightness across the chest, affects 2 million people. Worldwide, over 8 million women die every year from heart disease. Yet both heart attacks and strokes are largely preventable diseases with highly familiar risk factors, such as poor diet, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise.
The combined strategy of changing your diet, improving your lifestyle, and taking the right supplements is likely to be far more effective than taking prescribed drugs – for both preventing and reversing cardiovascular disease – without the side effects.