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Deaths from heart disease highest in north-west

7th July 2011

New data has revealed where England’s heart disease blackspots are.

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Information from primary care trusts has show that deaths due to heart disease are most common in the north west, where the mortality rate in one PCT area - Tameside and Glossop - is almost four times that of Kensington and Chelsea in London.

Three of the five worst death rates are in the north west, while the south has the lowest rates of deaths through coronary heart disease.

The findings – based on 2009 figures from the NHS Information Centre - have been compiled by the charity Heart UK.

Other areas with high death rates are Blackburn with Darwen PCT, Leicester City PCT and Manchester PCT while some of the lowest are in Westminster PCT, East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT, Dorset PCT and Surrey PCT.

However, some inner city areas in the south also have high rates such.

Whereas the rate in Kensington and Chelsea is 36.91 people out of every 100,000, the rate in Islington City PCT is 114.12 out of every 100,000 people.

Heart UK chief executive Jules Payne said people can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk, wherever they live.

She said: “Those diagnosed with heart problems should take a proactive approach towards their health - knowing their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers and weight, going for regular check-ups and speaking to their doctor if they have any concerns.

“For those with a family history of heart disease, small changes to diet and lifestyle for example can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

 

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