Almost 90, 000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber live with a dangerous heart rhythm disorder.
Figures released by the British Heart Foundation show 87, 608 people have atrial fibrillation in the region, which increases the risk of stroke five-fold.
The data, released as part of the BHF’s Ramp up the Red fundraising campaign for heart research, shows in a wider sense the UK has for the first time topped the million mark for the number of people living with the heart rhythm disorder.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the BHF, said: “The real danger with atrial fibrillation is that some people don’t realise they have it. You can be going about your daily routine oblivious to the fact you’re five times more likely to have a devastating stroke.
“Checking that your pulse is regular is a simple way of seeing if you’re at risk. But only through research can we tackle this dangerous disorder and prevent its devastating consequences. That’s why we’re encouraging people in Yorkshire and Humber to take part in our Ramp up the Red campaign to raise money for life-saving research.”
For more information on the condition visit bhf.org.uk/red or call 0800 0316 316.