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Poorer Scots heart death risk

14th July 2009

Researchers at the University of Liverpool say the risk of dying from heart disease is six times more likely for people from deprived areas compared to people from wealthier ones.

The report looked at death rates in people aged 35-44 from heart disease over a ten year period from 1986 to 2006. The report said: "These mortality changes reflect social gradients in unhealthy behaviour, lifestyle and circumstances resulting in poor diet and high tobacco consumption leading to unfavourable levels of major coronary heart disease risk factors."

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