Don’t take your loved ones for granted

Do you give your partner a kiss when leaving the house?

Do you give your partner a kiss when leaving the house?

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Almost three-fifth of people in Scotland don’t tell their partners they love them before leaving the house each morning.

And nearly a quarter don’t usually kiss their loved ones goodbye.

The British Heart Foundation commissioned a survey of 2,000 UK adults to highlight the sudden devasation of heart disease and how the BHF’s life-saving reserach is bringing hope to the 710,000 people in Scotland living with these conditions.

Excuses for dashing out of the house without a goodbye include not having time (31 per cent) and as many admitted they simply forgot (31 per cent).

Many Scottish couples aren’t following old wives’ tales either, as three-fifths go to bed on an argument (60 per cent) with close to half leaving the house in the morning before making up (46 per cent).

Heart disease is heartless and can strike anyone, at any time. It tears families apart without warning, leaving them no time to say goodbye to their loved ones.

In the UK, more than a quarter of all deaths are caused by heart and circulatory disease, which equates to one person every three minutes. Research is the answer to this devastation and the BHF is urging the public to invest in its life saving heart research.

BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “Many of us lead very busy lives and time with our loved ones is precious. Heart disease can suddenly affect anyone at any time and has a huge emotional impact on those left behind.

“We have committed to funding half a billion pounds of research over the next five years into these conditions that continue to devastate the lives of over seven million people in the UK each year.

“It is only thanks to the public’s generosity that we’re able to continue our fight against heart disease, but we urgently need more support to accelerate this research to keep more families together.”

For more than 50 years, research funded by BHF has helped save and improve the lives of millions of people living with heart conditions. Find out more by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/hope