Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, has backed a new report aimed at reducing the devastating impact of cardiovascular diseases in his constituency.
The Conservative MP met heart, stroke and diabetes patients at a summer reception hosted by the British Heart Foundation in Westminster earlier this month.
The event was held to mark the publication of a new report examining the priorities for the Government’s new strategy for tackling cardiovascular diseases across the UK, including Bedfordshire.
Latest figures show that 5,091 men and 1,644 women aged under 75 died from coronary heart disease in the East of England between 2006 and 2008.
Figures also show 5.4 per cent of men and 4.2 per cent of women in East England have been diagnosed with diabetes 2, while 95,134 are registered as having had a stroke.
Mr Burt said: "Despite some excellent progress over the last few years, cardiovascular diseases remain the UK’s biggest killer and touches the lives of many of my constituents.
"I was pleased to attend the reception, after being contacted by a constituent, and welcome the report which has been put together by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Stroke."