South Lakes campaigner gives backing to new heart disease drive
Last updated at 16:10, Friday, 03 January 2014
HEART disease is claiming the lives of hundreds of women every year, figures have revealed.
Statistics released by the British Heart Foundation show South Lakeland has the highest female death rates due to coronary and circulatory conditions in Cumbria, the number of women lost each year standing at 210. In Barrow, that figure is 120 and in Copeland, 100.
It comes as the charity promotes a new virtual “Women’s Room”. The online hub provides support, advice and information for the 435,000 women in the North West living with heart disease, as well as raising awareness about the risks.
Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, said: “Coronary heart disease kills nearly three times as many women as breast cancer. Yet, as a society, we continue to prop up the myth that heart problems are just for men.
“Everything from TV adverts to soap plotlines show men with heart conditions. But it’s incredibly rare to hear about a woman with heart disease.’
The BHF drive has won the support of former Barrow mayor, John Murphy, who lost his wife of 44 years to a heart attack in March last year.
Eleanor Murphy, 63, had been the driving force behind her husband’s hugely successful mayoral campaign to fund and install life-saving defibrillators all over the borough.
Mr Murphy said: “Anything that can raise any awareness to stop people going through what we went through as a family can only be a good thing.
“Eleanor’s legacy is that it’s inspired me, and others, to try and save more lives. But we’ve got to get the prevention right as well as providing the cure. These defibrillators wouldn’t be so badly needed if we could do that.”
The BHF Women’s Room, as well as offering advice and support for those with a diagnosed condition, provides information for all women on how to stay fit and healthy.
The charity also encourages women to act on any concerns about their health.
Echoing this, Mr Murphy said: “Eleanor led a healthy, active lifestyle, but her dad died at the same age she did, so I get the feeling this was a genetic thing.
“It’s also a case of being aware, of not ignoring anything that could be an early warning sign and not being afraid to say, ‘There’s something I’m worried about’.”
Visit www.bhf.org.uk/women to find out more.
First published at 14:52, Friday, 03 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Email us
- Send us your pictures
- Send us your news
- Send us your views
- Staff contacts
- Advertise with us
- Family Notices
- Reader Travel
- Competition rules
- CN Letterbox
- Find It in Furness
- CV Link
- Online shop
- CN Research
- Eye Care Savings
- Halifax loans
Visit our websites for...
- Tributes paid to Barrow father of twins killed in collision on main road (4 comments)
- Carlisle woman punched man she was about to have sex with
- Woman fined for being drunk in charge of children in Barrow supermarket
- Barrow teen gives no indication of plea for assault on two women
- Hundreds attend funeral of inspiring Barrow PE teacher (3 comments)
- Uproar at Barrow service charge hikes vote (3 comments)
- New Ulverston group may take charge of town car parks (8 comments)
- Barrow man jailed for animal cruelty (22 comments)
- Barrow duo in court over cemetery shooting (11 comments)
- Barrow dad killed in Cumbria crash named (12 comments)
- Sellafield deer cull plans are branded ‘absurd’ (7 comments)
- Immigrant stole whisky worth £1,080 from Barrow store (6 comments)
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|