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Heart Diseases: Death

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for heart disease in Tamworth constituency was in each of the last five years. (286337)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate for heart disease in Tamworth constituency was in each of the last five years. (286337)

The table attached provides the age-standardised mortality rate, where ischaemic heart disease was the underlying cause of death, for Tamworth parliamentary constituency, from 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population,1,2 where ischaemic heart disease was the underlying cause of death,3 Tamworth parliamentary constituency,4 2003-075

Rate per 100,000 population

Rate

95 per cent. confidence interval

2003

134

(113-155)

2004

120

(100-139)

2005

95

(78-112)

2006

106

(88-124)

2007

107

(89-124)

1 Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.

2 Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.

3 Cause of death for ischaemic heart disease was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes 120-125.

4 Based on boundaries as of 2009.

5 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.