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Cardiovascular disease improvements ‘not spread equally across UK’

25th August 2016

UK deaths from heart disease and stroke have plummeted in recent decades, but the benefits of this trend are not being equally distributed, according to new research.

Published in the medical journal Heart, the research examined data from the 2015 Cardiovascular Disease Statistics report, the Quality and Outcomes Framework incentive scheme for family doctors in England, the Health Surveys for England and Scotland, and the General Lifestyle Survey for Great Britain.

When standardised for age, deaths from cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke were shown to have fallen by around 70 percent across the UK between 1979 and 2013.

However, it was shown that men are proving more susceptible to these conditions than women in most cases, with admissions to hospital for cardiovascular disease up by 46,000 between 2010-11 and 2013-14. Of these, 36,000 were among men.

It was also shown that England topped the UK league table for drug prescriptions for diseases of the circulatory system, with this number rising considerably faster in England than in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The researchers said: "There is some evidence that improvements have not occurred equally for men and women or between the countries of the UK."

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