AROUND a third of patients suffering from conditions that could put their heart at risk are not taking their medicine, according to a charity.
The British Heart Foundation said 32 per cent of people in the south east have returned medicines without using them.
It found 19 per cent of people have thrown them away, without using them.
The charity has launched a new campaign – featuring comedy legend Tommy Cooper, who died of a heart attack on stage – to ensure people take the medicine.
Associate medical director Dr Mike Knapton said: ‘Thousands of people in the south east could be putting their lives in danger by not taking their medicines as prescribed.
‘Part of the issue is people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure often don’t realise there’s a connection between taking their pills and reducing their risk of heart problems.
‘We want them to be able to talk to us and doctors.’
For more information call 0300 333 1 333 or visit bhf.org.uk/tommy