Posted by Aston Avery

Brits underestimate risk of developing heart and circulatory disease

People in the UK are severely underestimating the scale and seriousness of heart and circulatory diseases, according to new figures by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

While it is estimated that around half of people will get a heart or circulatory condition during their lifetime, almost a quarter (23%) of those surveyed thought the likelihood was only one in 10, while nearly a fifth (19%) thought the chance was just 1 in 50. Only 3% of respondents knew the correct answer.

Across the generations, millennials (31%) are most likely to think they will ever be affected by heart and circulatory diseases, whereas baby boomers are the least likely (18%). And despite heart and circulatory conditions affecting men and women almost equally, only 25% of women thought they could be at risk compared to 30% of men.

Aston spoke to Chloe MacArthur, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation.

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