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Toll of heart disease that stalks region

Heart disease is the biggest killer in Macclesfield, according to a new health report.

Heart disease is the biggest killer in Macclesfield, according to a new health report.

The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health says the main cause of all deaths in Cheshire East is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.

Cancers are the second major cause of all deaths – and the biggest cause of premature deaths.

The report cites risk factors of greatest concern affecting premature death as smoking, binge drinking, obesity, low breastfeeding rates and pockets of high teenage pregnancy in the region.

At a Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, director of public health, said: "We have a good smoking cessation service in this region but we still need to work on this, particularly smoking during pregnancy." The adult smoking rate in Central and Eastern Cheshire is 17.6pc, compared with 22.2pc nationally.

Smoking in pregnancy is higher than the national average – in Cheshire East 17.3pc of mothers were smoking at the time of delivery in 2010/11, compared to 13.6pc nationally.

This falls to 12.8pc at Macclesfield Hospital.

The Stop Smoking Service in 2010/11 supported 3,205 smokers to stop, preventing between 69 and 173 premature deaths.

Other key areas in the report are diet and nutrition, as well as encouraging breastfeeding to promote better health. The best Primary Care Trusts in the country report breastfeeding rates of 80pc.

However, in 2010/11, 39.8pc of mothers in the Central and Eastern Cheshire area were breastfeeding at six to eight weeks.

When it comes to healthy eating, across central and Eastern Cheshire, 31.5pc of residents aged 16 and over have their five a day, higher than the national average of 28.7pc.

That means 68.5pc of residents are not eating a healthy diet. Across the region, Poynton residents have the best diet, with 37pc managing their five a day.

Across the area, 23.6pc of adults are doing at least 30 minutes of exercise at least three days a week – or 26.8pc in Poynton, again the best in the region.

The Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT has programmes to boost breastfeeding, exercise and healthy eating.

 
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