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Early deaths from cardiovascular disease reach 14 year high in England

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 22 January 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q176
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The British Heart Foundation has described the rise of premature deaths in England caused by cardiovascular disease to a 14 year high as the “worst heart care crisis in living memory” and a tragic loss of hard won progress. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2022 more than 39 000 people in England died before the age of 75 from cardiovascular conditions, the highest annual total since 2008.

After nearly a decade of improvements the rate of premature deaths has now risen for three consecutive years. Age standardised mortality for cardiovascular disease was 80 deaths in 100 000 in 2022, the highest since 2011.1

Before 2012 the number of premature cardiovascular deaths and the death rate …

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