Michael Dugher MP has become the Vice-Chair of the All Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Heart Disease. The group aims to:
- Inform and educate parliamentarians about heart and circulatory disease, the UK’s biggest killer;
- Encourage and promote work undertaken to prevent heart and circularity disease and improve its diagnosis and treatment;
- Inform Parliamentarians about the work of the Cardio and Vascular Coalition (CVC) and issues concerning cardiac and vascular health.
MPs are joining the group because:
- Heart and circulatory disease is still responsible for approximately a third of all deaths in the UK
- Every six minutes someone dies from a heart attack
- Women are more than three times more likely to die of coronary heart disease than breast cancer
- Around one in 145 babies are born with congenital heart disease
- Smoking causes around 25,000 deaths from heart and circulatory disease each year
- Around one in five premature deaths from heart and circulatory disease are linked to smoking
- Only 72% of boys and 63% of girls in England do the recommended amount of exercise
- Heart and circulatory disease costs the UK £14.4 billion each year.
The charity, the British Heart Foundation, provides the Secretariat to the group and they are campaigning to get more MPs involved in joining the fight to tackle the UK’s biggest killer.
Commenting, Michael Dugher said:
“This is a very important campaign - I am delighted to support what is a major issue for my constituency and others right across the country. I look forward to working on the All Party Group and to supporting the excellent work of the British Heart Foundation.”