WITH over 670,000 people living with heart and circulatory disease in Scotland, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on Scots to wear red to raise money for cutting-edge research.

The charity is calling on everyone in Scotland to join the fight against heart disease by wearing red and hosting a red-themed fundraising event by signing up to Wear it. Beat it. on Friday June 9.

Heart and circulatory disease claims the lives of around 15,500 people each year and BHF is helping to end the devastation caused by heart disease by funding around £100 million of life-saving research each year.

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In Scotland alone, the BHF currently funds around £63m of research into projects at Aberdeen University, Dundee University, Edinburgh University and Glasgow University. This includes Dr Nick Mills and his team’s study into a new test that can more accurately detect whether someone is having a heart attack, so they can instantly get the urgent treatment they need.

Adrian Adams, head of Mass Participation at the BHF, said: “We are calling on the people of Scotland to help us make Wear it. Beat it. the biggest, reddest and best year yet. By joining thousands of people in wearing red and hosting a red-themed fundraising event, you will help us fund more pioneering research to support the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK.”

Last year more than 15,000 people took part in the campaign.