HEART DISEASE MOST COMMON in North West, says MP

HoC event 15 Jan 2013 076Andrew Gwynne MP has hosted an event in the House of Commons to highlight the shocking geographic variation in heart disease.

Despite the national average in coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality figures having dropped by 4.4% in recent years, the North West continues to have the highest number of deaths from CHD in the country, compared to the South Central, being more than 32% less (North West: 89.48 people per 100,000; South Central: 60.69 people per 100,000; national average: 74.21 people per 100,000)

The Heart Hotspots campaign continues to raise awareness of the inequalities in CHD across England and encourages patients to take an active role in looking after their heart health.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“It was a pleasure to host this event in Parliament. Highlighting the shocking levels of coronary heart disease in the North West is hugely important in ensuring the region gets the resources it needs to tackle the problem properly.”

Jules Payne, Chief Executive at HEART UK, says:

“It is disappointing to see that CVD inequalities still exist across England. We are hoping that by sharing this information with MPs, particularly in the ‘hot spot’ areas, they will go back to their constituencies and ask ‘what more can be done?’

“While we are making steady progress to reduce the national average, it still seems fundamentally wrong that depending on where you live, you are more likely to die from a heart attack in some places than others. People must have equal access to services, treatment, education and leisure facilities regardless of location, but also, patients must be prepared to use these services. As a minimum, HEART UK would encourage regular check-ups of cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference, especially in those with a family history of heart disease.”

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