AROUND 36,000 people in Barnsley are living with heart and circulatory diseases.

The South Area Council will discuss possible measures to improve prevention and awareness of heart disease this morning.

A presentation will be delivered by Kaye Mann, a public health specialist, which aims to kickstart measures to tackle the growing problem of heart disease in Barnsley.

According to the latest figures available, nearly 40 out of 100,000 under 75 year-olds died from preventable heart disease – significantly higher than the England average – a rate that has increased dramatically since 2016.

Around 80 per cent of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable.

The NHS consider heart disease to be the single biggest condition where lives can be saved over the next decade.