Newham in national top ten for heart disease deaths

Newham is in top ten for boroughs with people at most risk of dying from heart disease, according to a health map.

The figures come from a Heart Hotspots campaign launched by drug maker MSD and HEART UK at the cholesterol charity’s annual conference to illustrate the wide geographical variation in the London boroughs.

Newham is ranked eight, with 90.87 people per 100,000, in the top 10 boroughs where the mortality rate is higher than the national average of 77.63 people per 100,000 of population.

However, Rachel Flowers, joint director of public health in Newham in NHS East London and the City, defended the statistics, saying they showed a fall in the rates of coronary heart disease.

She said: “The latest statistics (from 2009) show it is 90.87 per 100,000 people but it was 114 in 2007 per 100,000 and 145 per 100,000 in 2005. Heart disease (CHD) is one of the many types of disease in a bigger family called cardio vascular disease (CVD). We, and the two clinical commissioning groups in Newham, are committed to reducing both the CHD and CVD mortality rate further. We are doing this by getting more local people to have an NHS Health Check, supporting them through healthy eating and exercise programmes, finding out information from patients with CVD related conditions to provide better care and support and working with community leaders and local people to spread information and offer support to lead healthier life styles.

“This includes working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and Newham Council through the Hearty Lives project to raise awareness of heart disease in Newham. This project has different strands including a full time nutritionist.”

Other initiatives include around 36,000 NHS Health Checks for local people, health buses visiting community events, learning from the deaths of people who have succumbed to CVD related conditions and running a health awareness programme for community leaders.

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The healthcare trust has also run stop smoking and cardiac rehabilitation services and invested in a Let’s get Moving and Healthy Eating programmes to support the prevention and management components of CVD care through diet and exercise.