Cardiovascular disease (CVD), with stroke and heart attack being the most common examples, is the leading cause of death for men and the second leading cause of death for women.
A quarter (24,000) of CVD deaths are in people under the age of 75. 80% of these are preventable with lifestyle changes (the equivalent to one every 30 minutes).
High cholesterol and high blood pressure can both increase your heart age, resulting in a 3 fold increase in your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. In England, one in four adults have high blood pressure yet a further 5.6 million are living with the condition undiagnosed, placing millions of lives at risk of premature death and ill health.