'Tombstones' mark heart disease risk to women

Ben Cook

The British Heart Foundation erected mock tombstones at cities around the UK on 6 June to highlight the fact that heart disease is as great a threat to women as it is to men.

The 720 cardboard tombstones were put up for the day in five temporary 'graveyards' in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The tombstones were part of the BHF's Help a Heart Week campaign, which aims to raise £1m to pay for further research into heart disease.

According to the BHF, although one in three women is killed by heart and circulatory disease, many women are unaware of this threat.

Former Conservative MP Edwina Currie, patron of the BHF, promoted the initiative. "Heart disease is rife in my family, so I fully support any initiative that can help the BHF raise funds for its life-saving work," she said.

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