Life expectancy in England increases by 5 years following fall in CVD deaths

15 September 2015        

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Research published today shows that between 1990-2013 life expectancy in England increased by 5.4 years due to a fall in death rates from cardiovascular disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.

The study ranked diseases and risk factors that cause death and disability in England compared with other high income countries, finding England as a whole performed better on average than other affluent countries in the European Union, and Australia, Canada, Norway, and the USA (EU15+).  

However, the findings also showed health disparities between English regions, with South East England having the lowest disease burden. 

Reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease

Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said:

“This study shows how successful the UK has been at reducing deaths from cardiovascular and other diseases through the application of research findings on behaviours such as diet and smoking to improve public health. 

“But the burden of disease remains high in the most disadvantaged sectors of our society and our ageing population is increasingly facing multiple medical problems. 

“Much would be gained if public health strategies could be devised to address this inequality and raise standards in all regions to match those of the best regions in the UK.”

Research and prevention

We fund around £100 million of new research into heart and circulatory disease each year and are the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK and Europe. But we are completely reliant on the continued support and donations of our supporters to fund more research.