Barnsley East MP for healthy hearts

Barnsley East MP, Michael Dugher says he is determined to deal with the growing problem of heart-related diseases in his constituency. The parliamentarian said this when he took part in the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It Red’ day.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP.

It is estimated that about 13,700 people living in Barnsley East have cardiovascular disease.

Speaking during the heart awareness day, Mr Dugher indicated that there were also 5,003 people who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. He went on to reveal that there were more startling figures that raised a lot of concern as regards people’s health. Mr Dugher said that another 16,088 people in Barnsley East were suffering from high blood pressure while the number of diabetics was pegged at 6,061.

“The figures show that 16,088 people suffer from high blood pressure in Barnsley East alone, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke,” Mr Dugher explained.

He said that the British Heart Foundation had heightened it campaign for public awareness of its life saving research into cardiovascular disease.

“The British Heart Foundation is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research anywhere and invests more than £100 million every year into research – This equates to £26.8 million in the Yorkshire and Humber region alone,” He said.

It is not the first time that the Barsnley East MP has been associated with causes for heart-related disease awareness, nor is it the first time that he has worked with the British Heart Foundation. Mr Dugher is in fact the vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, a cross-party group of MPs who have taken it upon themselves to campaign for this cause.

“I am very pleased to support the British Heart Foundation and the vital work that the organisation does in tackling cardiovascular disease,” said the MP in emphasising the seriousness of the problem in his constituency.

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