Fall in deaths from stroke and heart disease

Deaths from heart disease and stroke have fallen in Scotland by 43.2 per cent and 41.8% respectively in the last decade, new figures show.

Statistics from ISD Scotland also show the incidence rate for coronary heart disease has decreased by 28.9% and by 21.7% for stroke.

Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, said:

"The SNP committed in its manifesto to support and implement our action plan to reduce the burden of stroke and heart disease in Scotland.

"These figures show we have taken that pledge seriously and have made significant reductions in the number of deaths from these conditions.

"In particular, substantial reductions have been made between 2010 and 2011 - the number of deaths from heart disease dropped 8.1% and 5.7% from stroke.

"But there is always more that can be done. Losing even one life where it could have been saved is unacceptable.

"The SNP Government is working hard with its partners in NHS Scotland to ensure we do all we can by improving prevention and treatments and encouraging people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

"We are also determined that survivors have access to high-quality rehabilitation and support, which is why NHS Scotland has substantially increased access to cardiac rehabilitation in recent years.

"The SNP is committed to seeing people in Scotland living longer, healthier lives."