Premature Mortality from Circulatory Diseases

During the period 2007-9, premature mortality rates from circulatory diseases in Lewisham were significantly higher than in England as a whole5, as the following table and chart show.

Premature mortality from circulatory diseases has steadily decreased, in Lewisham and in England, as the following table and charts show.

 

Mortality age under 75, 2000-2009, Lewisham and England, DASR/100,000

Because of year-to-year fluctuation, and in particular what appears to have been a statistical outlier in the female mortality in 2008, there is insufficient data available to conclude for certain that Lewisham’s rates of premature mortality from circulatory diseases have been falling more quickly than England’s. However, this is a reasonable hypothesis. There is substantial inequality across Lewisham in premature mortality from circulatory diseases. The following charts show mortality aged under 75 by Electoral Ward in Lewisham, as SMRs, for males, females, and persons for the 5-year period 2004-8.

Premature mortality among males from circulatory diseases was significantly higher than in England in Brockley, Downham, Evelyn, Lewisham Central, New Cross, Sydenham, and Whitefoot wards. The other wards were not significantly different from England.


Premature mortality among females from circulatory diseases was significantly higher than in England in Downham, Evelyn, Lewisham Central, and Perry Vale wards. In Bellingham, Grove Park, Sydenham, and Whitefoot it was not significantly different from England. In the other wards the total number of deaths aged <75 from circulatory diseases was too small to enable SMRs to be validly calculated.


Premature mortality among all persons from circulatory diseases was significantly higher than in England in Bellingham, Downham, Evelyn, Lewisham Central, New Cross, Perry Vale, Rushey Green, Sydenham, and Whitefoot wards. The other wards were not significantly different from England.

Because the number of premature deaths from circulatory diseases is quite small when broken down to this level, the corresponding uncertainty, as expressed by the 95% confidence intervals, is greater. However, Downham, Evelyn and Lewisham Central wards are high in all population groups.

References

  1. NHS IC Indicator Portal

 

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