Friday, April 19, 2013

Extreme Comparisons

This is just a fairly short note on what has been covered in other cases elsewhere.  The BBC reported today that Tameside in Greater Manchester is the "UK's heart disease capital".  This is on the basis that the rate of deaths from heart disease between 2009 and 2011 was higher than anywhere else, at 132 per 100,000 people.  The data come from the British Heart Foundation, and I couldn't immediately see how to get at it.

The article mades a particular point of noting that this rate is three times higher than that of Kensington and Chelsea.  This sounds very dramatic, but it really isn't, so don't go moving just yet (even if you can afford a house in Kensington).