Heart and circulatory disease deaths in under 75s see first sustained rise in 50 years

The number of people dying from heart and circulatory diseases before they reach their 75th birthday is on the rise for the first time in 50 years, according to British Heart Foundation analysis of the latest national health statistics. 

The figures show an upward trend in deaths since 2014, with 42,384 people dying from conditions including heart attack and stroke in the UK before the age of 75 in 2017, compared to 41,042 three years earlier. 

The figures have been released as British Heart Foundation launches its new strategy, which warns against complacency, and sets ambitions for the UK to halve premature death and disability from stroke, and increase heart attack survival to 90% by 2030.