Market Research Uncovers UK Locations with Biggest Rates of Heart Disease

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19th April 2013 16:04 - Health


The latest study by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has discovered the places in Britain where residents are most likely to die from heart disease.

Unfortunately, Tameside in Greater Manchester has been crowned as the UK’s heart disease capital – locals living there are three times as likely to die from a coronary ailment as residents of London.

This was followed by Ballymoney in Northern Ireland and Glasgow as the next most at-risk places. The figures reflect average death rates for the three years from 2009 to 2011 - there were 129 coronary deaths per 100,000 people living in Ballymoney and 128 per 100,000 people in Glasgow.

A medical doctor at BHF, Professor Peter Weissberg, commented on the findings: “These latest figures expose staggering inequalities in deaths from heart disease across the UK. But it’s unacceptable that people continue to die from heart attacks, regardless of their postcode.”

These latest results follow from another survey by the charity revealed last week, in line with their Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign. After questioning more than 5,000 UK civil servants, BHF found that the typical Western diet is indeed proving to be bad for people - those who ate the most fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, white bread and butter were seen to double their risk of premature death or ill health.

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