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More than 70,000 people in England will have heart surgery this summer, with NHS hospitals reporting a jump in demand for heart surgery following the death of former football star Jamie Carragher.

A total of 13,000 heart surgeries will take place across the country in the next five years, the NHS Trust said in a statement.

It is estimated that the UK has a population of more than 20 million people.

But the NHS trust added that demand for cardiac surgery is forecast to increase, with patients increasingly being referred to its hospitals for cardiac rehabilitation, surgery and rehabilitation.

The number of heart surgery operations for adults rose by 2.8 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2016, to reach 2,971. 

However, the number of surgeries for children has decreased, to 688, a fall of 0.7 per cent compared to last year.

This is partly due to a drop in referrals to hospitals by children and their families, according to the trust.

The figures for adults are forecast to rise by 4.7 percent to 3,894, and for children, by 1.7 cent to 1,936.

But overall demand for surgeries is expected to fall to 1.1 million by 2026, from 2.4 million in 2020.

Dr Andrew Cooper, head of cardiac rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital, said there was still a lot of uncertainty about when patients would be able to receive a heart surgery.

He said: ‘The number will definitely increase but we are not yet at the point where we are in the pre-operatively stage of cardiac surgery.’

We are in a really positive phase, we have a lot more to do but it is the prelude to surgery and the preamble to a life well-adjusted.’

The NHS trust said that, in 2017, the average wait time for heart operations for children was 6.6 weeks, but this dropped to 3.9 weeks in 2018.

The trust added: ‘If we do get a baby born at the end of 2020, we’ll be able give a baby the operation before they are able to get married.’

Dr Cooper said that although the majority of patients who receive heart surgery will be able achieve a life-long physical condition, some are still at risk.

The heart transplant industry is estimated to be worth £60 billion, and Dr Cooper said it was crucial that the NHS had a focus on heart transplant surgery in a positive way.’

The whole focus of this programme is to get these people into a position where they are doing well physically, and can go into their 20s and 30s and really build on their life,’ he said.