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Impact of inequality on Heart Disease

People living in the most deprived parts of Ipswich are up to three times more likely to die from heart disease than those from more affluent areas of Suffolk.



An article published by the Ipswich Star’s Lizzie Parry last year highlights the vast health inequalities between Suffolk’s rich and poor.

She found that the heart disease death rate of those living in Ipswich’s Bridge ward is nearly 200 per cent higher than residents just four miles down the road in west Kesgrave.

Figures from the Suffolk Observatory reveal that, in Suffolk, around 164 people per 100,000 die of cardiovascular disease – which includes heart disease and stroke.

But, in Ipswich, that number rises to 183 per 100,000 – the highest across the county.  And, in Bridge Ward, that figure increases to 290 per 100,000.  This compares with Stoke Ward, where the figure is the lowest in the town at 116.

Meanwhile, in Kesgrave West,  97 people per 100,000 die as a result of the condition.

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