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‘Take your medicine,’ MP tells heart patients
3:36pm Thursday 31st May 2012 in News
SWINDON South MP Robert Buckland is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign highlighting the importance of taking prescribed medication.
More than 43 per cent of people with heart problems in the south west have returned medicines without using them, while more than 26 per cent have thrown them away, putting their heart health at risk.
The statistics have prompted the BHF to launch its Just Like That campaign, featuring the late comedian Tommy Cooper, urging people with heart problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure to take their medications.
Mr Buckland said: “The British Heart Foundation has highlighted that many people struggle to take their medication as prescribed and so it’s important to spread the message that there is help out there.
“The nation’s heart charity is raising awareness of a very important issue”.
The BHF is asking anyone struggling with their medication to phone its nurses via its Heart Helpline on 0300 333 1 333 or to visit bhf.org.uk/tommy.