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"Shocking inequalities" in the number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease

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Figures released on number of deaths from heart disease Credit: ITV news

People in some parts of Britain are four times more likely to die from heart disease than those in other regions, a charity has said. Latest figures uncovered by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show "shocking inequalities" in the number of deaths from heart and circulatory disease, the charity said. The BHF has released a list of the places with the highest and lowest death rates for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Parts of Hampshire and Surrey have the lowest death rates from CVD in under 75s. Across the UK around 100 people under the age of 75 die from CVD every day. In Hart, Hampshire, 34.9 people out of every 100,000 under the age of 75 die prematurely from CVD. In Winchester, Hampshire, the figure is 43.4 people out of every 100,000. In Mole Valley, Surrey, 44.8 people out of every 100,000 under the age of 75 die prematurely from CVD. In Waverley, Surrey, that figure is 47.1 people out of every 100,000.

Swimming helps boy with heart problems

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Charlie goes in at the deep end Credit: Louise Bushby

A baby who was born with half a heart and was given just a 50 per cent chance of survival has amazed doctors by recovering - thanks to swimming lessons. Charlie Cob, from Brighton, had to undergo open heart surgery just hours after being born.

Even after the surgery he suffered a huge heart attack, underwent two more operations, and was hospitalised countless times after developing infections. But he is now thriving and his mother believes his weekly swimming lessons have been the key to his improvement

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