Fall in UK cardiovascular disease rates 'not equal by region or gender'

25 August 2016

A new UK report has indicated that recent declines in the burden of heart disease and stroke are not being equally reflected across all regions and both genders.

The study, published in the medical journal Heart, indicated that UK deaths from heart disease and stroke have fallen by almost 70 per cent over the past 30 years. This was based on a broad-ranging analysis of data accrued between 1979 and 2013.

An even larger decline of around 80 per cent in premature death before the age of 75 was also seen, with Northern Ireland seeing the most pronounced improvement. However, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and stroke has remained largely unchanged.

Admissions to hospital for heart disease rose by 46,000 between 2010-11 and 2013-14, most of which - 36,000 - were among men. During this period, admissions among men for coronary heart disease rose by almost 3,000, but fell by around 5,000 among women.

In terms of the number of drug prescriptions for diseases of the circulatory system, England saw a 78 per cent increase between 1991 and 2014, compared to much smaller increases of 28 per cent in Northern Ireland, 23 per cent in Wales and nine per cent in Scotland.

The researchers said: "Although these are promising trends for mortality and stroke admissions in women, prevalence and treatment are increasing over time for all cardiovascular disease and stroke."

Posted by Philip Briggs


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