A leading cardiologist has spoken out in favour of Blackpool Victoria Hospital after it was announced the town has one of the highest death rates due to heart disease.
Dr Grahame Goode, consultant cardiologist at The Vic, said: “The cardiac centre is well located to deal with an issue that is based heavily on public health. We have a very good level of revascularisation and this is improving further. We have the fourth highest level of treatment of this type in the country and the surgical volume is equally high which makes us one of the best cardiac centres in the country.
“The issue of developing the condition is very much a public health problem with contributory factors including diet, lack of exercise, poverty and of course smoking.”
Dr Goode’s comments after research by the British Heart Foundation found that in Blackpool more than 125 out of every 100,000 people under the age of 75 die prematurely from cardiovascular disease.
The charity placed just two other towns – Glasgow and Manchester – higher than Blackpool.
Its figures highlighted a stark north/south divide in deaths from heart and circulatory disease.
It also stated that across the UK, around 100 people under the age of 75 die every day from conditions relating to heart health.
The charity has called for more investment for research into cardiovascular disease.