West Lothian sees 207 men and women, on average, die from heart disease every year, according to figures published by the British Heart Foundation Scotland at the start of National Heart Month.
The charity is urging people to join in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 24, to help raise vital funds.
Heather Gregory, local fundraising manager, said: “The figures published in our coronary heart disease statistics for 2012 give a snapshot of the state of the nation’s heart health.
‘‘These show that every year over 8000 men and women in Scotland lose their lives to heart disease.
“There’s never been a better time to give a bit more thought to your own heart health – and that of the people you love – so get involved during National Heart Month by showing your red side.
“We need to raise vital funds in West Lothian to help care for people with heart disease, to support their families, to campaign on their behalf and to fund pioneering research to save lives.
‘‘You can organise your own fundraising or we can send you a free fundraising kit.
‘‘One really easy way to get involved is to join in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 24, when we’re asking groups of friends and colleagues to join in for a suggested donation of £1 each.
There’s lots of information, ideas and tips about how to go Red for Heart on the BHF’s website at bhf.org.uk/red and to order a free Red for Heart fundraising kit call 0131 555 5891.