Heart disease is killing more than 500 women in St Helens per year, according to shocking new figures released by a leading health charity.
Data from British Heart Foundation (BHF) shows that collectively, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley has an average of 565 deaths among females per year for the period 2010 to 2012.
Of the three areas, St Helens fares the worst, with 233 deaths, followed by 174 in Knowsley and 158 in Halton.
But all three sit middle of the table of 39 authorities in the North West.
Around 340,000 women in the region are living with cardiovascular conditions, including coronary heart disease and stroke. But the BHF says that too many people believe it is a man’s problem, despite coronary heart disease killing nearly three times as many women as breast cancer.
To help change this perception, the BHF is calling on people to share stories of the women who are making a unique contribution in the fight against heart and circulatory disease via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #womenwithheart.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive at the BHF, said: “It is important to recognise and celebrate women who are instrumental in the fight against heart and circulatory disease.
“Every day we hear stories of determined researchers, women who are taking time to put their patients first and the countless women who show an inspirational grace and determination through their own struggle with heart conditions.”