THERE are around 12,000 people in Barnsley living with heart disease.

The British Heart Foundation, which has released the figures, claims physical inactivity is contributing to many more people suffering from heart disease.

Guidelines recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.

It is costing £5.8million every year to treat people in Barnsley with long term conditions. This includes care costs of treating conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

Catherine Kelly, director of prevention, survival and support at the BHF said: “Encouraging people to be more active and less sedentary will help reduce their risk of heart disease and will save millions of pounds for health services."