Amy Macdonald among Scottish stars who support the fight against heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, yet they are still less well managed than men.
A charity appeal to fight heart disease – the leading cause of death in the country – will be launched today, with the help of a great star.

Heart Research UK is launching its “Heart of Scotland” appeal at an event at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, with the participation of many renowned Scottish supporters.
The Heart of Scotland is a fundraising appeal to raise and spend money in Scotland for medical research vital to the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

The call has already been supported by Amy Macdonald, Val McDermid, Mark Bonnar and others. The call is launched with a range of four brightly coloured badges and unique T-shirts designed by designer Christopher Kane. They are available throughout Scotland, as well as a host of fundraising activities across the country.

Mr. Kane said: “The call from the heart of Scotland is a cause that is literally close to my heart, anything that can raise awareness and potentially save lives is always worth it. Having grown up in Scotland in a working class environment, heart disease has always been widespread. So many of my parents’ family members and friends died very early from a “heart attack” and no one blinked.

“It’s good to be part of education and strengthening preventive measures, even if it’s only a little bit, it helps to avoid so much heartache.”

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than a quarter (27%) of all deaths in Scotland, or more than 15,000 deaths each year. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in Scotland.