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North of the UK has higher death rate for heart disease

New figures from the British Heart Foundation have revealed the inequalities in deaths from heart disease across the country.

Worst heart health towns in the UK (2009 to 2011):

  • Tameside, Greater Manchester has a death rate of 132
  • Ballymoney, Northern Ireland has a death rate of 129
  • Glasgow, Scotland has a death rate of 128
  • Blackburn with Darwen, NW England has a death rate of 127
  • West Dunbartonshire, Scotland has a death rate of 124

Best heart health town in the UK (2009 to 2011):

  • Kensington and Chelsea, London has a death rate of 39

Britain's 'heart disease capital' revealed

Coronary heart disease remains the single biggest killer in the UK.

New figures from the British Heart Foundation have today revealed the staggering inequalities in deaths from heart disease across the country.

The British Heart FOundation has launched a new campaign to fight heart disease Credit: British Heart Foundation

Tameside in Greater Manchester is the UK's "heart disease capital", with the risk of heart disease more than three times higher than in Kensington and Chelsea in London, where people have the healthiest hearts.

Every year in Tameside, there are 132 deaths per every 100,000 people, while in the London borough the figure stands at just 39 per 100,000, a BHF spokesperson said.

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Watchdog clears Vinnie Jones CPR advert

A British Heart Foundation (BHF) advert featuring actor Vinnie Jones carrying out CPR has been cleared following complaints that he performs the technique incorrectly, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.

The BHF said the campaign aimed to increase bystander intervention in events of cardiac arrest, adding that they knew of 15 reported instances of people applying lessons from the advert with a positive outcome.

The "appalling" survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK showed fewer than 10% of these casualties survived, but research had found people were more likely to start CPR if they only had to carry out the "hands-only" version, the foundation said.

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